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Emmanuel Levinas: Basic Philosophical Writings (Studies in Continental Thought)

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Emmanuel Levinas (1906-1996) has exerted a profound influence on 20th-century continental philosophy. This anthology, including Levinas's key philosophical texts over a period of more than forty years, provides an ideal introduction to his thought and offers insights into his most innovative ideas. Five of the ten essays presented here appear in English for the first time. ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by Indiana University Press (first published January 1st 1996)
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Alex Obrigewitsch
Dec 18, 2014 Alex Obrigewitsch rated it it was amazing
A key text for understanding Levinas' thought and its growth. Great for newcomers to Levinas or for old hats grasping for more, this text is a must read for a reader and thinker of post-metaphysical thought.
Mar 02, 2014 Brandon rated it it was amazing
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Let's face it, it's a great read. #dadjokes
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Oct 16, 2012 Kirby Gann rated it really liked it
Not an easy read by any stretch of the imagination--Levinas wrote some of the most exacting and tortuous prose out there. Thankfully the editors (I'm a fan of Simon Critchley in particular) are there to help hone the view for us philistines, who might not be absolutely current on Levinas' use of specific terms. An edifying and engaging work, one that introduces the basics to a profound thinker whose influence on philosophy and literature will likely continue to grow.
Jan 30, 2008 Chary rated it liked it
This book gave me mind bending hell in undergrad; yet, it remains in my mind as the book that taught me everything I know about disection of all forms and genres of media, i.e. in terms of searching for purpose and psychological meaning behind EVERYTHING that is written and performed.

After 3 pages of this book, your mind will say "ouch!"...but you become addicted to that pain and you just continue!
Oct 12, 2008 Ashley rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite books of all time. I have nothing to say but read it and don't confuse Levinas's definitions with those of ofther philosophers. An understanding of Levinas, his life, and his meanings are essential to understanding what he speaks and writes of.

So very poetic.
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Emanuelis Levinas (later adapted to French orthography as Emmanuel Levinas) received a traditional Jewish education in Lithuania. After WWII, he studied the Talmud under the enigmatic "Monsieur Chouchani", whose influence he acknowledged only late in his life.

Levinas began his philosophical studies at Strasbourg University in 1924, where he began his lifelong friendship with the French philosopher
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