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by Colin Davis

Author: Colin Davis
Subcategory: Philosophy
Language: English
Publisher: Polity Press (November 22, 1996)
Pages: 176 pages
Category: Politics
Rating: 4.7
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Colin Davis gave me the introduction to Levinas that I truly needed.

Colin Davis gave me the introduction to Levinas that I truly needed. Without pandering to graduate students scrambling to produce a thesis, nor to professors eager to publish articles full of "Levinasian" jargon, this book thoroughly insinuated the spirit of Levinas's thought into the innermost recesses of my heart. Most importantly, Davis' book takes the reader through other works by showing their relationship to "Totality and Infinity," Levinas' magnum opus. In summary, an essential aid in understanding the thinker because of its chronological discussions of Levinas' major works, from essays on Heidegger and Husserl to the writings on Rabbinic Judaism.

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Davis's book has many merits. The style is spare, modest and clear. Key Contemporary Thinkers.

ISBN: 978-0-745-66612-9 May 2013 Polity 176 Pages. Davis's book has many merits. The scholarship is extremely accurate throughout, a task which is obviously helped by Davis's perfect knowledge of French, which enables him to comprehend and convey the singular quality of Levinas's prose. Provides a detailed exposition of Levinas's thought and the philosophical landscape in which it is situated, involving a clear and patient discussion of his major works.

This is an excellent introduction to Levinas's writings . It will appeal as much to students of literary theory and rhetoric as to those whose initial interest is in the philosophical, ethical, and religious aspects of Levinas's thought. In this much-needed introduction, Davis unpacks the concepts at the center of Levinas's thought - alterity, the Other, the face, infinity - concepts which have previously presented readers with major problems of interpretation. Comprehensive and clearly written, this book is essential reading for students and teachers in Continental philosophy, French studies, literary theory, and theology.

Levinas: An Introduction (Key Contemporary Thinkers): ISBN 9780745612621 . Coauthors & Alternates.

Levinas: An Introduction (Key Contemporary Thinkers): ISBN 9780745612621 (978-0-7456-1262-1) Hardcover, Blackwell Publishers, 1996.

Key contemporary thinkers) Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-7456-1007-2 (HB)--ISBN 0-7456-1008-0 1. Benjamin, Walter,.

Similar books and articles. Levinas: An Introduction. Colin Davis - 1996 - University of Notre Dame Press. Stella Sandford - 1998 - Radical Philosophy 87:49-50. Levinas's Jewish Thought: Between Jerusalem and Athens.

In this much-needed introduction, Davis unpacks the concepts at the .

In this much-needed introduction, Davis unpacks the concepts at the centre of Levinas"s thought - alterity, the Other, the Face, infinity - concepts which have previously presented readers with major problems of interpretation. Davis traces the development of Levinas"s thought over six decades, describing the context in which he worked, and the impact of his writings.

At first, Sean Hand's book appears to be quite amateurish, complete with textbook-style information boxes that tell the reader some basic information, such as who Plato and Aristotle were, and what words like "ontology" and "ethics" normally mean. It comes across as just another basic introduction to Levinas's philosophy. This introduction to Levinas is particularly useful for a number of reasons.

In recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in the work of Emmanuel Levinas, widely recognized as one of the most important yet difficult philosophers of the 20th century. In this much-needed introduction, Davis unpacks the concepts at the centre of Levinas's thought - alterity, the Other, the Face, infinity - concepts which have previously presented readers with major problems of interpretation. Davis traces the development of Levinas's thought over six decades, describing the context in which he worked, and the impact of his writings. He argues that Levinas's work remains tied to the ontological tradition with which he wants to break, and demonstrates how his later writing tries to overcome this dependency by its increasingly disruptive, sometimes opaque, textual practice. He discusses Levinas's theological writings and his relationship to Judaism, as well as the reception of his work by contemporary thinkers, arguing that the influence of his work has led to a growing interest in ethical issues among poststructuralist and postmodernist thinkers in recent years. Comprehensive and clearly written, this book will be essential reading for students and researchers in continental philosophy, French studies, literary theory and theology.