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Emmanuel Levinas and the Limits to Ethics : a Critique and a Re-Appropriation.

Author: Aryeh Botwinick
Publisher: Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, 2013.
Series: Routledge Jewish studies series.
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Emanuel Levinas and the Limits to Ethics highlights how radically different Jewish ethics is from Christian ethics, and the profound affinities that subsist between Jewish ethics and philosophical and political liberalism. The philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas has captured the imagination of a global constituency who take his absolutizing of ethical demands and his assigning primacy to ethics over all other branches of  Read more...
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Botwinick, Aryeh.
Emmanuel Levinas and the Limits to Ethics : A Critique and a Re-Appropriation.
Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, ©2013
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Aryeh Botwinick
ISBN: 9781134750429 1134750420
OCLC Number: 869092540
Notes: The priority and primacy of human freedom.
Description: 1 online resource (487 pages).
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Table of Contents; Preface; 1. Introduction; Notes; 2. The routes to the ethical; Ethics and the totality vs. infinity distinction; The primacy of the ethical; The idea of the infinite in Levinas; Levinas and Descartes; Totality and infinity; Notes; 3. The Talmud and liberalism; The Talmud: theorizing ethics from the perspective of the same; Privileging the relationship to the self over the Other in Levinas; Machiavelli, Hobbes and liberalism in Levinasian perspective; Notes; 4. Theory and ideology in Levinas. Religion/secularism and theory/ideology from within the context of Levinas' thoughtMonotheism and skepticism; Maimonides and horizontal transcendence; The relationship between the Other and Others in Maimonides and Levinas; Notes; 5. Levinas and his contemporaries; Buber and Levinas; Derrida and Levinas; Plato, Derrida and Levinas; Ricoeur and Levinas; Parfit and Levinas; Ethics and a generalized agnosticism; Parfit, Freud and Levinas; Epistemology, ethics, circularity and a generalized agnosticism; A generalized agnosticism, Sellars and McDowell; Theory and ideology; Theory and its limits. Notes6. An ethics of theory vs. an ethics of ideology; Aristotle's ethics as an exemplar of an ethics of theory; The mishnah in Avot 4:4 and the Theory of the Mean; Hillel and the moral ontology of the Rabbis; Rabbinic and Maimonidean ethics contrasted with Levinasian ethics; Alasdair Maclntyre and the project of devising an alternative to modernity; Plato's Greater Hippias, the relationship between theory and ideology, and Levinas; The Rabbis and the internalized, metaphorical Other; Rabbi Akiva and the totality vs. infinity distinction. Rabbi Akiva's series of statements in the third chapter of Pirkei AvotHillel as a theological precursor of Rabbi Akiva; Notes; 7. Nietzsche and Levinas; Nietzsche, the Rabbis and Levinas; Theory and practice in Rabbinic Judaism; Notes; 8. Plato and Levinas; Monotheistic religion and Plato; Plato's Cratylus and Theaetetus, skepticism and totality and infinity; Polytheism and monotheism; convergent and divergent thought; Circularity, the political and dialogue in Plato; Notes; 9. Can there be an ethics that is otherwise than being?; The phenomenological background to Otherwise than Being. Popper as a skeptical philosopher of science malgre luiLevinas and Jeanne Delhomme; Levinas and his phenomenological predecessors Husserl and Heidegger; Levinas' ethics as a Christian ethics; Levinas' skepticism juxtaposed to that of Quine and Reb Chaim of Brisk; What does the fate of skepticism in philosophy license Levinas to argue about ethics?; The tension between "diagnosis" and "resolution" in Levinas; Notes; 10. The tension between Levinas' ethics and his political theory; The tension; Being gripped by the human Other as the pre-theoretical moment that renders theorizing possible.
Series Title: Routledge Jewish studies series.

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Emanuel Levinas and the Limits to Ethics highlights how radically different Jewish ethics is from Christian ethics, and the profound affinities that subsist between Jewish ethics and philosophical and political liberalism. The philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas has captured the imagination of a global constituency who take his absolutizing of ethical demands and his assigning primacy to ethics over all other branches of inquiry in his mapping of Western philosophy to be indicative of a major re-ordering of both personal and cultural identity. It is this re-ordering, they believe, that wou.

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