Lévinas, Emmanuel; Lévinas, Emmanuel; Fagenblat, Michael's A covenant of creatures : Levinas's philosophy of Judaism PDF

By Lévinas, Emmanuel; Lévinas, Emmanuel; Fagenblat, Michael

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"I am now not a very Jewish thinker," stated Emmanuel Levinas, "I am only a thinker." This publication argues opposed to the assumption, affirmed by means of Levinas himself, that Totality and Infinity and another way Than Being separate philosophy from Judaism. through interpreting Levinas's philosophical works during the prism of Judaic texts and ideas, Michael Fagenblat argues that what Levinas referred to as "ethics" is as a lot a hermeneutical product wrought from the Judaic history as a chain of phenomenological observations. interpreting the Levinas's philosophy of Judaism inside of a Heideggerian and Pauline framework, Fagenblat makes use of biblical, rabbinic, and Maimonidean texts to supply sustained interpretations of the philosopher's paintings. finally he demands a reconsideration of the relation among culture and philosophy, and of the which means of religion after the dying of epistemology.

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In other words, having established  Levinas’s New Creation that there is a particular content called “Judaism,” which Levinas attempts to “translate” into philosophical terms, does he not “sell out” to philosophy by giving philosophy the methodological authority to determine the very meaning of “Judaism”? Did Maimonides sell out to philosophy by allowing it to determine the inner secret of Judaism, the Account of the Chariot? The concern seems to be that the uniqueness of Jewish wisdom is sacrificed by its translation into philosophical language.

38 It is not a matter of collapsing Judaism, or even Jewish texts, into philosophical discourse but of insisting on the constitutive and permanent possibility for radical interpretation of one by the other. Levinas’s philosophy is always already the result of a series of interpretations of Judaism, just as his interpretations of Judaism are always already philosophically driven. Moyn is right that Levinas is not translating Hebrew into Greek, but he is wrong in suggesting that he is simply translating Greek into Hebrew.

Are not scripture and tradition redundant sources of knowledge if all they do is confirm the independent inquiries of philosophy? The crucial thing to see is that the conceptual problem raised by Gibbs and ­Batnitzky fits the very mold presupposed by Moyn’s historical reconstruction. In Moyn’s view Levinas invented his own idiosyncratic Judaism, “so much so that he began to retroject the philosophical considerations of his age . . 25 This disjunctive picture of the relation between Levinas’s ethics and Judaism is isomorphic to the philosophical critique of Judaism from Spinoza to Badiou.

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