Appositions of Jacques Derrida and Emmanuel Levinas

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Indiana University Press, 2002 - 255 pages

"This is a book of scintillating intelligence, a book whose range of references, whose extraordinary ethical sensibility and linguistic creativity, set a standard for philosophy that few if any contemporary thinkers other than Derrida and Levinas themselves can match.... On every page, there is Llewelean sparkle." —David Wood

If not simple opposition or simple juxtaposition, what is the relation between the writings to which Derrida and Levinas appose their signatures? What would each endorse in the writings of the other? What is it to sign and endorse? How does one assume responsibility, and how does one avoid assuming it? These are some of the probing questions that the prominent Continental philosopher John Llewelyn takes up in Appositions, which brings together and synthesizes 15 essays written during the past 20 years. This book by a powerfully original thinker and first-rate interpreter is essential reading for all those interested in the writings of Derrida and Levinas and in the ways in which their thinking intersects.

 

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Contents

AMEN
94
THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF LEVINASS DEATH
105
THE POSSIBILITY OF HEIDEGGERS DEATH
118
SELECTION
130
JEWGREEK OR GREEKJEW
143
AT THIS VERY MOMENT A REPETITION THAT IS NOT ONE
156
LEVINAS AND LANGUAGE
164
THRESHOLDS
179
SEMIOETHICS
190
NO HAPPY ENDING
209
NOTES
231
INDEX
249
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John Llewelyn has been Reader in Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, Visiting Professor of Philosophy at the University of Memphis, and the Arthur J. Schmitt Distinguished Visiting Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University of Chicago. Among his publications are Beyond

Metaphysics? The Hermeneutic Circle in Contemporary Continental Philosophy; Derrida on the Threshold of Sense; The Middle Voice of Ecological Conscience; Emmanuel Levinas: The Genealogy of Ethics; and The HypoCritical Imagination: Between Kant and Levinas.

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