Totality and Infinity at 50 Scott Davidson

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Totality and Infinity at 50  by  Scott Davidson

Totality and Infinity at 50 by Scott Davidson
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The year 2011 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Emmanuel Levinas most important work, Totality and Infinity, which now stands as one of the classic texts of the second half of the twentieth century. At this anniversary, thisMoreThe year 2011 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Emmanuel Levinas most important work, Totality and Infinity, which now stands as one of the classic texts of the second half of the twentieth century. At this anniversary, this collection of essays suggests that a revitalised understanding of the text is needed.

While readers can easily fall into routine readings and discussions of this originally provocative - even intoxicating - text, Totality and Infinity at 50 invites students of Levinas to explore new avenues into the work by charting a map of Levinas scholarship for the next 50 years. From the problem of the other, the emphasis of ethics as first philosophy, the texts theological implications, and the focus on the role of the feminine, Totality and Infinity has been the subject of a wide range of interpretations and scholarly interests since its publication. While these various emphases have contributed to a greater understanding of Levinas philosophy, they can also have the cumulative effect of leading us to believe that all of the different options have been explored.

In contrast, this volume argues that there is still more to be said about this seminal book, inspiring readers to look beyond routine readings and worn themes of Totality and Infinity. As a result, these Levinas scholars provide essays that offer a fresh account of the argument and purpose of Totality and Infinity- draw parallels between Levinas and other thinkers including Marx, Stanley Cavell, and Edouard Glissant- consider Levinas relationship to other disciplines such as nursing, psychotherapy, and law- and, bring this seminal text to bear on specific, concrete issues of present-day concern.

With this focus, Totality and Infinity at 50 envisions a renewed and newly invigorated relationship with Totality and Infinity, so that Levinas philosophy might remain a vital companion to us in the next half-century.



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