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Entre Nous: Essays on Thinking-Of-The-Other

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Emmanuel Levinas is one of the most important figures of twentieth-century philosophy. Exerting a profound influence upon such thinkers as Derrida, Lyotard, Blanchot, and Irigaray, Levinas's work bridges several major gaps in the evolution of continental philosophy--between modern and postmodern, phenomenology and poststructuralism, ethics and ontology. He is credited with ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 24th 2000 by Columbia University Press (first published February 1st 1995)
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Alex Obrigewitsch
Jun 05, 2015 Alex Obrigewitsch rated it really liked it
An excellent supplement for those seeking to internalize the thinking of Levinas.
I would not recommend this collection of more simple to understand essays and discussions in the place of Totality and Infinity or Otherwise than Being. They are best consumed after, like a series of footnotes; renvois, sending back to the thought and the face of the other.
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Jun 02, 2007 InternetRex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This collection of essays includes "Useless Suffering." This is the essay that made Levinas my favorite philosopher. First of all, it is beautiful. Totally beautiful. Levinas describes all of your worst emotional pain and acknowledges that it is actually unfathomable. Suffering for him is not even a kind of experience.
First of all, this essay is very helpful on a personal level, because when I am that unhappy, all I am reduced to is asking, where does it go? Where do I put this? When it is no l
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Karrie Higgins
Oct 31, 2013 Karrie Higgins rated it really liked it
The essay "Useless Suffering" is an essential read for anyone grappling with theodicy, especially those who have suffered an irrevocable loss or violation, and who are suffering further under the crushing weight of cultural or spiritual demands to justify--even sanction--horrendous violations in the name of personal, spiritual, or even artistic "growth."

Ryan
Sep 05, 2007 Ryan rated it it was amazing
I am beginning to see the influence of Levinas' ideas in my own thinking, which is great. It's also very decentering. In this book Levinas challenges Western metaphysics (specifically ontology) as first philosophy and raises ethics in its place with a special emphasis on the Other.
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Aug 09, 2013 Charlie rated it liked it
I understood very little of this. What I did understand, I liked, I think, but I don't know if I'll ever try to reread it.
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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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