Levinas In Jerusalem: Phenomenology, Ethics, Politics, Aesthetics

  • Joëlle Hansel

Part of the Amsterdam Studies in Jewish Philosophy book series (ASJT, volume 14)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVII
  2. Phenomenology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jean-Michel Salanskis
      Pages 23-43
    3. Simon Critchley
      Pages 45-55
  3. Ethics, Politics, and Justice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-57
    2. Pascal Delhom
      Pages 75-90
    3. Annette Aronowicz
      Pages 91-108
    4. François Coppens
      Pages 109-124
    5. Joëlle Hansel
      Pages 125-139
    6. Peter Atterton
      Pages 141-153
  4. Aesthetics and Eros

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 201-204

About this book


A disciple of Husserl and Heidegger, a contemporary of Sartre and Merleau-Ponty, Levinas entirely renewed the way of thinking ethics in our times. In contrast to the whole tradition of Western philosophy, he considered ethics neither as an aspiration to individual perfection, nor as the highest branch in the Cartesian tree of knowledge, but as “first philosophy”. By putting into question the priority of Being, by seeing responsibility for the other person as the very structure of subjectivity, Levinas initiated a new understanding of time, freedom or language. This book is a collection of papers given at the International Conference “Levinas in Jerusalem” held at the Hebrew University in May 2002. 2006 marks the Centennial of Levinas’s birth. At this occasion, this book gives an overview of the most fecund areas of research in Levinas scholarship. By bringing together historians of philosophy, phenomenologists, specialists in Jewish thought and Talmud, as well as in politics and aesthetics, it relates to his work as a whole, dealing with his philosophical writings and with his Jewish-Talmudic ones. The authors – worldwide renowned scholars and young promising ones – investigate Levinas’s relationship to Bergson, Husserl and Heidegger, his conception of Justice and the State, his view of Aesthetics, Eros and the Feminine.


Edmund Husserl Emmanuel Lévinas Jean-Paul Sartre Jerusalem Martin Heidegger Maurice Merleau-Ponty aesthetics concept ethics freedom language phenomenology philosophy politics

Editors and affiliations

  • Joëlle Hansel
    • 1
  1. 1.Société Internationale de Recherches Emmanuel Levinas (SIREL, Paris)Raissa and Emmanuel Levinas Center MOFET

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