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  1.  14
    The Notion of Accomplishment in Levinas.Rodolphe Calin - 2019 - Levinas Studies 13:69-83.
    The aim of this article is to emphasize the notion of accomplishment in Levinas, partly building on the unpublished works of the author, where it appears as a keyword of his philosophy. It is a matter of highlighting the double filiation of this term, as an extension of the Husserlian notion of intuitive fullfilment to the entire existence and as a resumption of the hermeneutical and theological notion of figural interpretation. By showing how Levinas applies the structure symbol-accomplishment to the (...)
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    Levinas’s Restlessness: “God and Philosophy” Without Consolation.Paul Davies - 2019 - Levinas Studies 13:141-174.
    The paper reflects on the experience of reading Levinas’s ‘God and Philosophy’ paying particular attention to the ways in which it would have us read the word ‘God.’ Levinas refuses to let the word become the property of even the most radical treatment of religious faith. The word, the biblical word, must never serve the self-consolation of philosophy. Many of Levinas’s readers regret this aspect of his writing, but the paper argues that ‘God and Philosophy’ offers an exemplary introduction to (...)
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    Rhetorical Subterfuge.Oona Eisenstadt - 2019 - Levinas Studies 13:27-42.
    This article focuses on a Talmudic lecture Levinas delivered in 1965. Its long central section is an extended reading of most of that lecture’s images and ideas. Its frame, however, treats what does and does not change in Levinas’s conception of the State of Israel between the early ’60s and the early ’80s. At issue here are two other texts: a short but important paragraph from the 1961 lecture published as “Messianic Texts,” and the interview with Malka and Finkielkraut that (...)
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    Seeing the Voices.Michael Fishbane - 2019 - Levinas Studies 13:11-26.
    Rabbinic Talmudic tradition is marked by chains of tradition, integrating written Scripture and oral Traditions. The interrelation of word, voice, and instruction is paramount. Levinas’s reading of Talmudic texts follows this format and continues this tradition, by superimposing his voice and philosophical concerns. I have chosen his reading of Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Makkot 10a as an exemplum. In the process, Levinas’s style and method can be seen as a contemporary meta-commentary on the ancient rabbinic source.
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    A World Without Contours.Sarah Hammerschlag - 2019 - Levinas Studies 13:121-139.
    This article argues that literature is the necessary foil to Emmanuel Levinas’s development of the category of religion, as the site of relation between the same and the other. The essay tracks Levinas’s dependence on literature to illustrate alterity, but also shows that literature functions as religion’s rival in Levinas’s thought. Playing the terms of religion, literature, and philosophy off one another, the article argues, Levinas was also making an interception into a larger post-World War II debate over which of (...)
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    Editor's Introduction.Sarah Hammerschlag - 2019 - Levinas Studies 13:1-2.
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    For It Is God’s Way to Sweeten Bitter with Bitter.Martin Kavka - 2019 - Levinas Studies 13:43-67.
    In accounts of Emmanuel Levinas’s relationship to the Jewish theological tradition, scholars often analyze Levinas’s essays about Rabbi Hayyim of Volozhin, and specifically his 1824 book Soul of Life. This article treats two essays that Levinas wrote in the mid-1980s on that book, and shows that Levinas’s praise for that book involves coming close to endorsing its theology of suffering, a theology that strikes this article’s author as obscene. In Nefesh ha-Ḥayyim, those who suffer deserve their suffering, their suffering is (...)
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    The Passage and Happening of Time in Levinas’s Otherwise Than Being.Mérédith Laferté-Coutu - 2019 - Levinas Studies 13:175-190.
    What can the passage of time mean for Levinas? Is there a passage of diachronic time? In its many iterations, passage—an expression that easily goes unnoticed, for it is ordinary, perhaps self-evident, yet almost pervasive in the French language—turns out to be at play throughout Levinas’s last major work. This paper traces the role of the notion in Otherwise than Being and shows its stakes for the remarkably numerous topics that it connects: Levinas’s critique of Husserlian temporality, the relation between (...)
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    A Long Road to Escape.Jean-Luc Marion - 2019 - Levinas Studies 13:3-10.
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    Plato, Levinas, and Transcendence.Michael L. Morgan - 2019 - Levinas Studies 13:85-102.
    Although Levinas frequently references Plato positively, they are engaged in different philosophical enterprises. Whereas Levinas takes his place in the tradition of modern moral philosophy for which the atrocities of the twentieth century are undeniable burdens, Plato is concerned with cultivating dispositions that promote psychological and social harmony. For Levinas, Plato’s Form of the Good signals a dual commitment, on the one hand to the primacy of ethical action to existence, and on the other to the connection between ethics and (...)
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    Feasting During a Plague.Kaitlyn Newman - 2019 - Levinas Studies 13:191-208.
    In his early essay, “Reality and Its Shadow,” Levinas appears to take a strong position against art, and while the strength of his admonitions against aesthetics has been questioned, the fact remains that Levinas refers to art as an act that is like “feasting during a plague.” Art becomes offensive. However, is it possible that we could imagine the artwork as a site where the encounter with the Other becomes possible? That is, when we encounter certain artworks, do we not (...)
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    Toward the Infinite.Adriaan T. Peperzak - 2019 - Levinas Studies 13:103-119.
    Levinas approaches the Infinite as beyond all possible ideas and totalities.
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