New PDF release: A Covenant of Creatures: Levinas's Philosophy of Judaism

By Michael Fagenblat

ISBN-10: 0804774684

ISBN-13: 9780804774680

"I am now not a very Jewish thinker," stated Emmanuel Levinas, "I am only a thinker." This publication argues opposed to the assumption, affirmed by means of Levinas himself, that Totality and Infinity and in a different way Than Being separate philosophy from Judaism. through studying Levinas's philosophical works throughout the prism of Judaic texts and concepts, Michael Fagenblat argues that what Levinas known as "ethics" is as a lot a hermeneutical product wrought from the Judaic history as a sequence of phenomenological observations. interpreting the Levinas's philosophy of Judaism inside of a Heideggerian and Pauline framework, Fagenblat makes use of biblical, rabbinic, and Maimonidean texts to supply sustained interpretations of the philosopher's paintings. eventually he demands a reconsideration of the relation among culture and philosophy, and of the that means of religion after the demise of epistemology.

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In Romans, Paul seems to be responding to those who have already misunderstood his gospel in that way because of his earlier letter to the Galatians:73 “Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! ] On the contrary, we uphold the law” (Rom. 3:31). The point, for Paul, is to proclaim the promise of the Torah for all; so too for Levinas it is to expose and disseminate the ethical wisdom Levinas’s New Creation  of the Torah, as well as the commentaries and historical experiences of the Jews to whom those logia were entrusted.

On the contrary, we uphold the law” (Rom. 3:31). The point, for Paul, is to proclaim the promise of the Torah for all; so too for Levinas it is to expose and disseminate the ethical wisdom Levinas’s New Creation  of the Torah, as well as the commentaries and historical experiences of the Jews to whom those logia were entrusted. It goes without saying that Jewishness, for Levinas, is a matter of ethical indifference—pure adiaphora, as Paul rightly calls it. In Badiou’s words, Jewish particularism is “simultaneously extrinsic .

In Levinas’s words, “This account [of ethics] is itself without end and without continuity, that is, goes from one to the other, is a tradition. It thereby renews itself. New meanings arise in its meaning, and their exegesis is an unfolding, or history before all historiography” (OB, 169/AE, 215; my emphasis). 54 This in no way amounts to asserting some textual idealism but to acknowledging that the language in which obligation is given is always already laced with a textual heritage that Levinas discerned and deployed anew.

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