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In search of the good life : Emmanuel Levinas, psychoanalysis, and the art of living

Author: Paul Marcus
Publisher: London : Karnac Books, 2010.
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Emmanuel Levinas (1906-1995), French phenomenological philosopher and Talmudic commentator, is regarded as perhaps the greatest ethical philosopher of our time. While Levinas enjoys prominence in the philosophical and scholarly community, especially in Europe, there are few if any books or articles written that take Levinas's extremely difficult to understand, if not obtuse, philosophy and apply it to the everyday  Read more...
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Marcus, Paul, 1953-
In search of the good life.
London : Karnac Books, 2010
(OCoLC)609529161
Named Person: Emmanuel Lévinas; Emmanuel Lévinas
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Marcus
ISBN: 9781849407649 1849407649
OCLC Number: 680625370
Description: 1 online resource (xvii, 210 pages)
Contents: COVER; CONTENTS; ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS; ABOUT THE AUTHOR; Introduction: Levinas, psychoanalysis, and the art of living the good life; CHAPTER ONE: "I'm just wild about Harry!" A psychoanalyst reflects on his relationship with his dog; CHAPTER TWO: Victory through vegetables: self-mastery through a vegetarian way of life; CHAPTER THREE: Long night's journey into day: on tending to a dying mother; CHAPTER FOUR: On reading a sacred book: the wisdom of Ecclesiastes and its significance for psychoanalysis; CHAPTER FIVE: "Guard your tongue": on the psychological meaning of gossip.
Responsibility: Paul Marcus.

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Emmanuel Levinas (1906-1995), French phenomenological philosopher and Talmudic commentator, is regarded as perhaps the greatest ethical philosopher of our time. While Levinas enjoys prominence in the philosophical and scholarly community, especially in Europe, there are few if any books or articles written that take Levinas's extremely difficult to understand, if not obtuse, philosophy and apply it to the everyday lives of real people struggling to give greater meaning and purpose, especially ethical meaning, to their personal lives. This book attempts to fill in the large gap in the Levinas literature, mainly through using a Levinasian-inspired, ethically-infused psychoanalytic approach. All of the essays included in this book are animated by the Levinasian assumption that it is the ethical relation to the other person (and, in one case, dog!) that is primary. That is, there is a human tendency in us, an often inhibited, muted or repressed tendency, as psychoanalysts have taught us, to see the needs of others as more important (or at least as important) than our own and therefore be willing to sacrifice for others. Moreover, once this human tendency to be for the Other is consciously embraced and made part of one's way of being in the world the possibility for a greater degree of personal fulfillment and happiness is often enhanced. Thus, the art of living the "good life" involves embracing "goodness" as one's guiding metaphor, an existential orientation in which, says Levinas, "the Other counts more than myself." As social psychologists have repeatedly shown, in social life, paradoxically, it is often the case that "the more you give, the more you get." Being for the Other, in other words, is often self-affirming!--Product description.

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