Leo Strauss and Emmanuel Levinas: Philosophy and the Politics of Revelation (Hardback)
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Leo Strauss and Emmanuel Levinas: Philosophy and the Politics of Revelation (Hardback)

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Hardback 304 Pages / Published: 22/05/2006
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Leo Strauss and Emmanuel Levinas, two twentieth-century Jewish philosophers and two extremely provocative thinkers whose reputations have grown considerably, are rarely studied together. This is due to the disparate interests of many of their intellectual heirs. Strauss has influenced political theorists and policy makers on the right while Levinas has been championed in the humanities by different cadres associated with postmodernist thought. In Leo Strauss and Emmanuel Levinas: Philosophy and the Politics of Revelation, first published in 2006, Leora Batnitzky brings together these two seemingly incongruous contemporaries, demonstrating that they often had the same philosophical sources and their projects had many formal parallels. While such a comparison is valuable in itself for better understanding each figure, it also raises profound questions in the debate on the definitions of 'religion', suggesting ways that religion makes claims on both philosophy and politics.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521861564
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 620 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 21 mm


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'This book is brilliant, scholarly, and provocative. It combines with rare success philosophical acumen, historical learning, and an exciting thesis. Leo Strauss and Emmanuel Levinas: Philosophy and the Politics of Revelation is a major work of theology by one of the premier thinkers in religious philosophy of the day, writing at the very highest level of commentary, having produced a book with potential to resonate in a wide variety of fields, with critical implications (most drawn by the author herself) for thinking about major figures, schools, and discussions, executed with exemplary erudition.' Samuel Moyn, Columbia University
'Leo Strauss and Emmanuel Levinas: Philosophy and the Politics of Revelation is an original work of engagement of these two important thinkers that takes us far beyond what most of their admirers and detractors have written about their thought. Leora Batnitzky is a critical scholar and thinker in a class by herself.' David Novak, University of Toronto

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