Insofar as these confessional writings continue to a certain extent Levinas's meditations on the face, they are considered essential to a serious appraisal of his work as a whole. But there are additional reasons why these writings are of substantial interest. First, they make explicit a dimension in Levinas's work―its inspiration in or reference to Judaism―that is only implicit in the philosophical work... Secondly, these confessional writings in themselves constitute a remarkable access to and 'translation' of Judaism.
Contributes to a growing debate about the significance of religion -- particularly Judaism and Jewish spiritualism -- in European philosophy.
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