Levinas and the Night of Being: A Guide to Totality and Infinity

2017.04.09 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Raoul Moati, Levinas and the Night of Being: A Guide to Totality and Infinity, Daniel Wyche (tr.), Fordham University Press,
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2017.04.09 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Raoul Moati, Levinas and the Night of Being: A Guide to Totality and Infinity, Daniel Wyche (tr.), Fordham University Press, 2017, 217pp., $100.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780823273195. Reviewed by James Mensch, Charles University As is well known, Levinas's relations with Husserl and Heidegger were nothing if not fraught. In Totality and Infinity, we find multiple criticisms of these authors, and Levinas is at pains to distinguish his approach from theirs. Yet his own procedures are unintelligible without the contexts and, in some cases, the methods of these philosophers. Thus, with regard to Husserl, Levinas employs the methods of phenomenological analysis to brilliant effect in describing the genesis of our selfhood. Particularly striking are his descriptions of our sensuous affective life and the sensuous interiority that forms the singularity of our selfhood. Similarly, his description of the caress stands. . .

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