The Oxford Handbook of Levinas

ISBN : 9780190455934

Michael L. Morgan
880 ページ
171 x 248 mm
Oxford Handbooks
  • The most up-to-date collection of essays on the overall sweep of Emmanuel Levinas's works and thought, written by an international group of leading and emerging scholars
  • Provides a unique overview of Levinas's place in the traditions of Western philosophy and religious thought, and the importance of his thought in other disciplines
  • Includes novel and critical readings of central themes in Levinas's work

Emmanuel Levinas (1906-1995) emerged as an influential philosophical voice in the final decades of the twentieth century, and his reputation has continued to flourish and increase in our own day. His central themes—the primacy of the ethical and the core of ethics as our responsibility to and for others—speak to readers from a host of disciplines and perspectives. However, his writings and thought are challenging and difficult. The Oxford Handbook of Levinas contains essays that aim to clarify and engage Levinas and his writings in a number of ways. Some focus on central themes of his work, others on the ways in which he read and was influenced by figures from Plato, Hobbes, Descartes, and Kant to Blanchot, Husserl, Heidegger, and Derrida. And there are essays on how his thinking has been appropriated in moral and political thought, psychology, film criticism, and more, and on the relation between his thinking and religious themes and traditions. Finally, several essays deal primarily with how readers have criticized him and found him wanting. The volume exposes and explores both the depth of Levinas's philosophical work and the range of applications to which it has been put, with special attention to clarifying why his interests in the human condition, the crisis of civilization, the centrality and character of ethics and morality, and the very meaning of human experience should be of interest to the widest range of readers.


Introduction: Reading Levinas Today
Michael L. Morgan

Part I: Life, Background, and Influences
1. Levinas's Prison Notebooks
Sarah Hammerschlag
2. Levinas and the Holocaust
Robert Eaglestone
3. Levinas, Blanchot, and Art
Kevin Hart
4. Levinas and Husserl
Bettina Bergo
5. Levinas and Heidegger: The Elemental Confrontation
Michael Fagenblat
6. Levinas and Derrida
Edward Baring
7. Levinas Reading the Ancients
Tanja Staehler
8. Levinas and Early Modern Philosophy
Inga Römer
9. Levinas and German Idealism: Fichte and Hegel
Martin Shuster

Part II: Main Philosophical Themes
10. Levinas's Philosophy of Transcendence
Peter J. Giannopoulos
11. Levinas and the Face of the Other
Diane Perpich
12. 13. Levinas, Politics, and the Third Party
J. Aaron Simmons
14. Levinas, Darwall, and Løgstrup on Second-Personal Ethics: Command or Responsibility?
Robert Stern
15. Levinas on God and the Trace of the Other
Michael L. Morgan
16. Levinas on Temporality and the Other
James R. Mensch
17. Levinas's Accounts of Messianism
Martin Kavka

Part III: Religion and the Religious Dimension
18. Levinas and the Bible
Eli Schonfeld
19. Theological Terms in the Philosophy of Levinas
Jeffrey Bloechl
20. Levinas and Christianity
Jeffrey Hanson
21. Levinas as a Reader of Jewish Texts: The Talmudic Commentaries
Ethan Kleinberg
22. Levinas's Jewish Writings
Oona Eisenstadt
23. Levinas's Ethics, Politics, and Zionism
Annabel Herzog

Part IV: Ethics Beyond Philosophy
24. Levinas and Education
Claire Elise Katz
25. Levinas and Film
Colin Davis
26. Levinas, Literature, and Philosophy
Seán Hand
27. The Question of Food and Philosophy in Levinas
Benjamin Aldes Wurgaft
28. Levinas and the Ethics of War and Peace
Joshua Shaw
29. Levinas and Analytic Philosophy: An Ethical Metaphysics of Reasons
Kevin Houser
30. Levinas and the Law of Torts
William H. Smith
31. Levinas and the Critical Philosophy of Race
Kris Sealey
32. Levinas on Psychology, Identity, and Caring for Others
David M. Goodman and Eric R. Severson

Part V: Critical Assessments of Levinas
33. Levinas on Nature and Naturalism
Fiona Ellis
34. Levinas's Humanism and Anthropocentrism
Peter Atterton
35. Levinas, Feminism, and Temporality
Cynthia Coe
36. Levinas on the Problem of Language: Expressing the Inexpressible
William Large
37. Levinas on Ecology and Nature
David Boothroyd
38. Levinas, Philosophy, and Biography
Robert Plant


Edited by Michael L. Morgan, Chancellor's Professor of Philosophy and Jewish Studies (emeritus), Indiana University
Michael L. Morgan is the Chancellor's Professor of Philosophy and Jewish Studies (emeritus) at Indiana University, where he has taught since 1975. From 2015 to 2018, he was the Senator Jerahmiel S. and Carole S. Grafstein Chair in Jewish Philosophy at the University of Toronto. He is an Honorary Professor of the Australian Catholic University and has taught at Northwestern, Yale, Stanford, Toronto, and Princeton. He is the author or editor of twenty books. His most recent book, Levinas's Ethical Politics, was published in May 2016.
Peter Atterton is Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Letters and Professor of Philosophy at San Diego State University.
Edward Baring is Associate Professor of Modern European History at Drew University.
Bettina Bergo is Professor of Philosophy at the Université de Montréal.
Robert Bernasconi is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Philosophy and African American Studies at The Pennsylvania State University.
Jeffrey Bloechl is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Boston College.
David Boothroyd is Professor of Media and Culture at the University of Lincoln.
Cynthia Coe is Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Central Washington University.
Colin Davis is Professor of French at Royal Holloway, University of London.
Robert Eaglestone is Professor of English at Royal Holloway, University of London.
Oona Eisenstadt is Fred Krinsky Professor of Jewish Studies and Professor of Religious Studies at Pomona College.
Fiona Ellis is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Roehampton.
Michael Fagenblat is Senior Lecturer in the Department of History, Philosophy and Jewish Studies at The Open University of Israel.
Peter J. Giannopoulos is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Central Florida.
David M. Goodman is Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Advising at Woods College of Advancing Studies and Associate Professor of the Practice in the Department of Philosophy at Boston College.
Sarah Hammerschlag is Associate Professor of Religion and Literature at the University of Chicago Divinity School.
Seán Hand is Professor of French and Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Europe) at the University of Warwick.
Jeffrey Hanson is Senior Philosopher in the Program on Integrative Knowledge and Human Flourishing at Harvard University.
Kevin Hart is Edwin B Kyle Professor of Christian Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at The University of Virginia.
Annabel Herzog is Professor of political philosophy at the School of Political Science at the University of Haifa.
Kevin Houser is Beamer-Schneider SAGES Teaching Fellow in Ethics at Case Western Reserve University.
Claire Elise Katz is Professor of Philosophy at Texas A&M University.
Martin Kavka is Professor of Religion at Florida State University.
Ethan Kleinberg is Professor of History and Letters at Wesleyan University.
William Large is Reader in Philosophy at University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham.
James R. Mensch is Professor of Philosophy at Charles University and Senior Research Professor of Philosophy at Saint Francis Xavier University.
Michael L. Morgan is Chancellor's Professor of Philosophy and Jewish Studies at Indiana University (emeritus) and the Jerahmiel S. and Carole S. Grafstein Chair of Philosophy and Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto (emeritus).
Diane Perpich is Professor of Philosophy at Clemson University.
Robert Plant is Honorary Lecturer in Philosophy at The University of Aberdeen.
Inga Römer is University Professor in German Philosophy at the Université Grenoble Alpes.
Eli Schonfeld is Assistant Professor in Philosophy and Jewish Thought at Shalem College.
Kris Sealey is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Fairfield University.
Eric R. Severson is Instructor of Philosophy at Seattle University.
Joshua Shaw is Associate Professor of Philosophy and English at The Pennsylvania State University- Erie.
Martin Shuster is Director of Judaic Studies and Assistant Professor at Goucher College.
J. Aaron Simmons is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Furman University.
William H. Smith is an Independent Scholar and Attorney-at-Law.
Tanja Staehler is Professor of European Philosophy at University of Sussex.
Robert Stern is Professor of Philosophy at University of Sheffield.
Benjamin Aldes Wurgaft is a Visiting Scholar at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.