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Correlations in Rosenzweig and Levinas

Author: Robert Gibbs
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1992.
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Robert Gibbs radically revises standard interpretations of the two key figures of modern Jewish philosophy - Franz Rosenzweig, author of the monumental Star of Redemption, and Emmanuel Levinas, a major voice in contemporary intellectual life, who has inspired such thinkers as Derrida, Lyotard, Irigaray, and Blanchot. Rosenzweig and Levinas thought in relation to different philosophical schools and wrote in disparate  Read more...
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Named Person: Franz Rosenzweig; Emmanuel Lévinas; Emmanuel Lévinas; Franz Rosenzweig; Franz Rosenzweig; Emmanuel Lévinas
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Gibbs
ISBN: 0691074151 9780691074153
OCLC Number: 25410712
Description: xii, 281 pages ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Robert Gibbs.
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