Levinas's Existential Analytic: A Commentary on Totality and Infinity

2015.12.14 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews James R. Mensch, Levinas's Existential Analytic: A Commentary on Totality and Infinity, Northwestern University Press, 2015,
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2015.12.14 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews James R. Mensch, Levinas's Existential Analytic: A Commentary on Totality and Infinity, Northwestern University Press, 2015, 229pp., $27.95 (pbk), ISBN 9780810130548. Reviewed by Martin Shuster, Avila University James R. Mensch has produced an excellent book, one that deserves serious consideration and study by generalists, specialists, and/or students who might be somewhere in between. This is especially so because Mensch's book is written in a lucid but critical style. In fact, the excellence of this book made this a difficult review to write, partly because there is so much with which I agree, but more because Mensch's aim is to provide a commentary on Emmanuel Levinas's 1961 magnum opus, Totality and Infinity: An Essay on Exteriority. As he writes, "My aim in presenting a commentary on it is to help students follow its arguments and grasp the subtle phenomenological analyses that fill it" (3). I thereby. . .

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