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By Emmanuel Levinas

This publication comprises transcripts from lecture classes Levinas brought in 1975-76, his final yr on the Sorbonne. They hide one of the most pervasive topics of his notion and have been written at a time whilst he had simply released his such a lot important—and difficult—book, Otherwise than Being, or past Essence. either classes pursue matters with regards to the query on the middle of Levinas's idea: moral relation. The Foreword and Afterword position the lectures within the context of his paintings as a complete, rounding out this detailed photo of Levinas the philosopher and the teacher.

The lectures are necessary to a whole realizing of Levinas for 3 purposes. First, he seeks to provide an explanation for his proposal to an viewers of scholars, with a readability and an depth altogether various from his written paintings. moment, the subjects of God, dying, and time should not simply an important for Levinas, yet they lead him to confront their remedy through the most philosphers of the nice continental culture. therefore his discussions of debts of loss of life through Heidegger, Hegel, and Bloch position Levinas's notion in a broader context. 3rd, the fundamental strategies Levinas employs are these of Otherwise than Being instead of the sooner Totality and Infinity: persistence, obsession, substitution, witness, traumatism. there's a becoming reputation that the last word status of Levinas as a thinker may perhaps rely on his review of these phrases. those lectures supply an outstanding advent to them that exhibits how they give a contribution to a variety of conventional philosophical issues.

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