Ethics, Exegesis and Philosophy
Interpretation after Levinas
By (author) Richard A. Cohen
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Ethics, Exegesis and Philosophy by Richard A. Cohen
Book DescriptionThe reputation and influence of Emmanuel Levinas (1906-96) has grown powerfully. Well known in France in his lifetime, he has since his death become widely regarded as a major European moral philosopher profoundly shaped by his Jewish background. A pupil of Husserl and Heidegger, Levinas pioneered new forms of exegesis with his post-modern readings of the Talmud, and as an ethicist brought together religious and non-religious, Jewish and non-Jewish traditions of contemporary thought. Richard A. Cohen has written a book which uses Levinas' work as its base but goes on to explore broader questions of interpretation in the context of text-based ethical thinking. Levinas' reorientation of philosophy is considered in critical contrast to alternative contemporary approaches such as those found in modern science, psychology, Nietzsche, Freud, Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, Derrida and Ricoeur. Cohen explores a manner of philosophizing which he terms 'ethical exegesis'.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521801584
(216mm x 138mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 2-Jul-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Richard A. Cohen
Ethics, Exegesis and Philosophy, Paperback (November 2007)
This book expands upon Levinas' work to explore broader questions of interpretation in ethical thinking.
Humanism of the Other, Paperback (October 2005)
Argues that it is not only possible but of the highest exigency to understand one's humanity through the humanity of others. This book also argues that the humanity of the human is found in the recognition that the other person comes first, that the suffering and mortality of others are the obligations and morality of the self.
Unforeseen History, Hardback (December 2003)
Presents a collection of essays providing an overview of Emmanuel Levians' work. This book covers the years 1929-92, presenting his views on aesthetics and Judaism - offering examples of his precise thinking at work in small essays, long essays, and interviews. The earliest essays in "Unforeseen History" discuss phenomenology.
New Talmudic Readings, Paperback (January 1999)» View all books by Richard A. Cohen
Levinas' strict emphasis on the ethical duty to "the Other" separates him from currents of postmodernism that are often viewed as radically skeptical or nihilistic. This book contains three of Emmanuel Levinas' last major lectures on the Talmud, originally presented in 1974, 1988 and 1989.
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