Modeled after Norman Kemp Smith's commentary on Kant's Critique of Pure Reason, Levinas's Existential Analytic guides both new and experienced readers through Levinas's text. James R. Mensch explicates Levinas's arguments and shows their historical referents, particularly with regard to Heidegger, Husserl, and Derrida. Students using this book alongside Totality and Infinity will be able to follow its arguments and grasp the subtle phenomenological analyses that fill it.
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Number of pages: 228
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
"Mensch does a brilliant job of explicating Levinas's philosophical background" --The Times Literary Supplement
"The aim of Mensch's commentary is clear: to help students follow the complex arguments and subtle phenomenological analyses that pervade Levinas' major work, Totality and Infinity. While this task is in many ways fulfilled (by providing, for example, helpful background information on Levinas' relationship to Heidegger and Husserl), the work also has much to offer specialists within the phenomenological tradition.Positioning his analysis of Totality and Infinity both historically and analytically, Mensch's work presents a clear portrait of Levinas' overall aims, as well as detailed analysis of his major themes and his unique conceptual armature (e.g., eros, the face, desire). After a preface and introduction that are largely focused on the relationship between Levinas' and Heidegger's respective phenomenologies, the rest of the book's twelve chapters provide detailed commentary that guides readers through the central movements of Totality and Infinity." --Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal
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