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Overview

Emmanuel Levinas and Martin Buber -- considered by many the most important Jewish philosophers since the 12th century sage Maimonides -- knew each other as associates and friends. Yet although their dialogue was instructive at times, and demonstrated the esteem in which Levinas held Buber, in particular, their relationship just as often exhibited a failure to communicate. This volume of essays is intended to resume the important dialogue between the two. Thirteen essays by a wide range of scholars do not attempt to assimilate the two philosopher's respective views to each other. Rather, these discussions provide an occasion to examine their genuine differences -- difference that both Levinas and Buber agreed were required for genuine dialogue to begin.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780820703497
Publisher: Duquesne University Press
Publication date: 11/28/2004
Pages: 325
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

PETER ATTERTON is associate professor of philosophy at San Diego State University. He is the editor of Levinas Studies, Volume 5. MATTHEW CALARCO is assistant professor of philosophy at California State University, Fullerton. He has published widely on leading figures in contemporary continental thought, including Agamben, Derrida, Levinas, and Heidegger. MAURICE FRIEDMAN is professor emertius of religious studies, philosophy and comparative literature at San Diego State Univeristy, and codirector of the Institute of Dialogical Psychotherapy in San Diego. His Martin Buber's Life and Work won the National Jewish Book Award.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
List of Abbreviationsviii
Introduction1
IDialogue
1Samuel and Agag29
2On Buber32
IIEthics
3Buber and Levinas: Philosophical Reflections on an Opposition37
4Affection and the Transcendental Dialogical Personalism of Buber and Levinas49
5"Failure of Communication" as a Surplus: Dialogue and Lack of Dialogue between Buber and Levinas65
6Ethics and the Place of the Other98
7Martin Buber and Emmanuel Levinas: An Ethical Query116
IIIReligion
8Buber's and Levinas's Attitudes toward Judaism133
9Revelation Here and Beyond: Buber and Levinas on the Bible157
10Reading Torah: The Discontinuity of Tradition179
11Beyond The "Eclipse of God": The Shoah in the Jewish Thought of Buber and Levinas203
12Reciprocity and the Height of God: A Defense of Buber against Levinas226
IVHeidegger, Humanism, and the Other Animal
13Buber and Levinas - and Heidegger235
14The Retrieval of Humanism in Buber and Levinas250
15Face-to-Face with the Other Animal?262
Notes282
Contributors313
Index317

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