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Levinas' 'Totality and Infinity' : A Reader's Guide

By: Large, William.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Reader's Guides: Publisher: London : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015Description: 1 online resource (162 p.).ISBN: 9781472534125.Subject(s): Infinite | Phenomenology | Whole and parts (Philosophy)Genre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Levinas' 'Totality and Infinity' : A Reader's GuideDDC classification: 190 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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FC; Half title; Also Available From Bloomsbury; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Foreword; Author's Note; 1 Overview of themes and context; The phenomenological method of Totality and Infinity; Levinas as a Jewish philosopher; 2 Reading the text; Preface; The same and the other; Interiority and economy; Ethics and the face; Beyond the face; Conclusions; 3 Reception and influence; The problem of presentation; The problem of politics; The problem of the feminine; The problem of religion; 4 Further reading; Notes; Index
Summary: Emmanuel Levinas' Totality and Infinity is a monumental work of phenomenological enquiry that goes on to assert the centrality of ethics to philosophical thought. This Reader's Guide provides a detailed explanation of the work, breaking down the occasionally intimidating but always inspirational content of Totality and Infinity for non-specialist readers, unpacking the complexities of Levinas' thought with clarity and rigour. Ideal for students coming to Levinas for the first time, the book offers essential guidance, outlining key themes, approaches to reading the text, the reception, and i
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FC; Half title; Also Available From Bloomsbury; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Foreword; Author's Note; 1 Overview of themes and context; The phenomenological method of Totality and Infinity; Levinas as a Jewish philosopher; 2 Reading the text; Preface; The same and the other; Interiority and economy; Ethics and the face; Beyond the face; Conclusions; 3 Reception and influence; The problem of presentation; The problem of politics; The problem of the feminine; The problem of religion; 4 Further reading; Notes; Index

Emmanuel Levinas' Totality and Infinity is a monumental work of phenomenological enquiry that goes on to assert the centrality of ethics to philosophical thought. This Reader's Guide provides a detailed explanation of the work, breaking down the occasionally intimidating but always inspirational content of Totality and Infinity for non-specialist readers, unpacking the complexities of Levinas' thought with clarity and rigour. Ideal for students coming to Levinas for the first time, the book offers essential guidance, outlining key themes, approaches to reading the text, the reception, and i

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When he first encountered the difficult work of Emmanuel Levinas, this reviewer threw one of Levinas's books against the wall in exasperation. Had Large's book been available, the experience would have been different. Levinas's style, his methodology, his vocabulary, and his argument can seem strange. In introducing readers to Levinas's most influential text, first published in French in 1961, Large (Univ. of Gloucestershire, UK) begins by working through the basics of phenomenological methodology and Levinas's relation to Jewish philosophy as the assumed contexts in which Totality and Infinity occurs. After this framing, the author moves carefully through the work, offering specific analysis and interpretation of each section in turn. He concludes with a look at several problems that seem to plague Totality and Infinity--presentation, politics, the feminine, and religion. Large's account is fair and his style is accessible. His book will be an invaluable resource for students who are tempted to throw Totality and Infinity against the wall. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates; graduate students. --J. Aaron Simmons, Furman University

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William Large is a Reader in Philosophy at University of Gloucestershire, UK. He is the author of Ethics and the Ambiguity of Writing: Emmanuel Levinas and Maurice Blanchot (2005), Maurice Blanchot [co-authored] (2001) and Heidegger's Being and Time (2007)

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