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Totality and Infinity:  An Essay on Exteriority Totality and Infinity: An Essay on Exteriority by Emmanuel Levinas
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“To approach the Other in conversation is to welcome his expression, in which at each instant he overflows the idea a thought would carry away from it. It is therefore to receive from the Other beyond the capacity of the I, which means exactly: to have the idea of infinity. But this also means: to be taught. The relation with the Other, or Conversation, is a non-allergic relation, an ethical relation; but inasmuch as it is welcomed this conversation is a teaching. Teaching is not reducible to maieutics; it comes from the exterior and brings me more than I contain. In its non-violent transitivity the very epiphany of the face is produced.”
Emmanuel Levinas, Totality and Infinity: An Essay on Exteriority
“Love remains a relation with the Other that turns into need, transcendent exteriority of the other, of the beloved. But love goes beyond the beloved... The possibility of the Other appearing as an object of a need while retaining his alterity, or again,the possibility of enjoying the Other... this simultaneity of need and desire, or concupiscence and transcendence,... constitutes the originality of the erotic which, in this sense, is the equivocal par excellence.”
Emmanuel Lévinas, Totality and Infinity: An Essay on Exteriority
“The true life is absent.' But we are in the world. Metaphysics arises and is maintained in this alibi.”
Emmanuel Lévinas, Totality and Infinity: An Essay on Exteriority
“One can like one's job, enjoy these material gestures and the things that permit the accomplishing of them. One can transform the curse of labor into sport. Activity does not derive its value and meaning from an ultimate and unique goal [...] To enjoy without utility, in pure loss, gratuitously, without referring to anything else, in pure expenditure---this is human.”
Emmanuel Levinas, Totality and Infinity: An Essay on Exteriority
“To approach the Other in conversation is to welcome his expression, in which at each instant he overflows the idea a thought would carry away from it. It is therefore to receive from the Other beyond the capacity of the I, which means exactly: to have the idea of infinity. But it also means: to be taught.”
Emmanuel Levinas, Totality and Infinity: An Essay on Exteriority
“De beschaving is wezenlijk hypocriet , dat wil zeggen zowel gehecht aan het Ware als aan het Goede, die voortaan elkaars tegenspelers zijn. Het is misschien tijd om in de hypocrisie niet slechts een toevallig kwalijk gebrek van de mens te zien, maar de diepe verscheurdheid van een wereld die tegelijkertijd gehecht is aan filosofen en aan profeten.”
Emmanuel Levinas, Totality and Infinity: An Essay on Exteriority