The Non-Existent God: Transcendence, Humanity, and Ethics in the Philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas

Philosophia 35 (3-4):375 - 382 (2007)
Abstract
This paper considers three essential gestures in Levinas’s theology, highlighting in each case how Levinas’s thinking allows him to either incorporate or sidestep some of the fiercest modern criticisms of traditional theism. First, we present Levinas’s vision of divine transcendence, outlining his ontological atheism and explaining how this obviates proving the existence of God and avoids the tangles of traditional theodicy. Second, we describe Levinas’s idea of the trace, showing how a nonexistent God still leaves its mark in the face of the other person and explaining how this vision of divine immanence accords with the agendas of thinkers such as Feuerbach and Nietzsche, who criticized theology that elevated God while debasing humanity. Third, we present Levinas’s insistence on the philosophical primacy of ethics, showing how he infuses his ethical philosophy with religious themes, elevating moral philosophy to the level of ultimate concern in a way that even atheist social theoris
Keywords Levinas  God  Ethics  Religion  Phenomenology  Transcendence  Hermeneutics of suspicion  Theology
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1007/s11406-007-9081-9
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history
Request removal from index
Download options
Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 28,840
Through your library
References found in this work BETA
Totality and Infinity.Emmanuel Levinas - 1961/1969 - Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press.
Alterity and Transcendence.Emmanuel Levinas - 1999 - Columbia University Press.
God, Death, and Time.Emmanuel Levinas - 2000 - Stanford University Press.
Re-Reading Levinas.Robert Bernasconi & Simon Critchley (eds.) - 1991 - Indiana University Press.

View all 7 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Monthly downloads

Added to index

2009-01-28

Total downloads

42 ( #125,050 of 2,178,255 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

1 ( #316,623 of 2,178,255 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature


Discussion
Order:
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.

Other forums