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AuthorSrajek, Martin C. author
TitleIn the Margins of Deconstruction [electronic resource] : Jewish Conceptions of Ethics in Emmanuel Levinas and Jacques Derrida / by Martin C. Srajek
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer, 1998
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Descript XIV, 288 p. online resource


Although this book is a study of the work of Emmanuel Levinas and Jacques Derrida, it would be mistaken to refer to it as a comparison. The book develops a framework which might aide the reader of Levinas and Derrida in determining the scope and significance of their respective projects as far as a discourse of the sacred is concerned. It does so by emphasizing their status as philosophers whose thought correlates but does not compare. Within this correlation, without obscuring either their differences or similarities, we can see a common framework that consists of the following elements. First, it is clear from what and how Derrida and Levinas have written that the general import of their work lies in the area of ethics. However, in many ways it would be justifiable to say that their work is not about ethics at all. Neither of them proposes a moral theory; neither is interested in discussing the question of values vs. social norms, duty vs. virtue and other issues that might pertain to the area of ethics. To be sure, these issues do come up in their work, yet they are treated in a peculiarly different way. For Derrida and Levinas, ethics is not so much an inquiry into the problems of right and wrong but an inquiry into the problem of the ethical constitutedness of human beings


1: The Text Reading and Revelation -- 1.1 Introduction: The Text as โ{128}{156}Espace Vitaleโ{128}{157} -- 1.2 Levinasโ{128}{153} Concept of Subjectivity -- 1.3 Midrashic Ethics -- 1.4 Humans as the Irruption in Being -- 2: The absolute Cohen, Rosenzweig, Levinas: Infinite Ethics -- 2.1 God as Infinite -- 2.2 The Modern Jewish Tradition -- 2.3 Emmanuel Levinas -- 2.4 Conclusion -- Chafter 3: Agency Judaism as the Matrix Between Levinas and Derrida -- 3.1 The Language of Constitution -- 3.2 The Prophet Ezekiel in the Writings of Levinas -- 3.3 The Prophet Ezekiel in the Thought of Cohen -- 3.4 From Fragmentation to the I/Thou -- 3.5 Fragmentation and Completion -- 4: Community Phenomenology of the Face -- 4.1 Towards a Community of the Face -- 4.2 Husserlโ{128}{153}s European Scientific Community -- 4.3 Levinasโ{128}{153} Critique of Traditional Phenomenology -- 4.4 Face-to-Face: The Grounding Aspect of Community -- 5: Transition -- 6: The Text Pure Presence and the Task of Translation -- 6.1 The Text and the Meaning of Presence -- 6.2 Husserlโ{128}{153}s Infinite Task -- 6.3 The Ethics of Babel -- 7: The Absolute Apocalypse: Epistemological Exile vis-ร -vis Truth -- 7.1 Apocalypse and Absolute -- 7.2 Kantโ{128}{153}s Distinguished Tone -- 7.3 The Apocalyptic Aspect in Kantโ{128}{153}s Approach -- 7.4 Apocalypse and Prรฉvenance -- 7.5 The Hermeneutics of Exile in Levinas and Derrida -- 7.6 The Ethical Significance of the Apocalyptic Discourse -- 8: Agency Differentiality and Negativity -- 8.1 Apocalypse as the Critique of Negativity -- 8.2 Negative Theology in Jewish Thought -- 8.3 Derrida and Negative Theology -- 8.4 Negative Theology and Speaking About It -- 8.5 Diffรฉrence and the Discourse on Truth -- 8.6 Apocalypse and the Ineffable Name of God -- 8.7 Cohen and Derrida: On the Possibility of Theology -- 9: Community Diffรฉrence as Messianism, Khora, and Minimal Community -- 9.1 Deconstruction as Description and Prescription -- 9.2 Messianism -- 9.3 Khora -- 9.4 Community -- 9.5 Deconstructive Practice of Halakhah -- Conclusion

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