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Emmanuel Levinas: His Life And Legacy Paperback – September 30, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0820703589 ISBN-10: 0820703583 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Duquesne Univ Pr; 1 edition (September 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0820703583
  • ISBN-13: 978-0820703589
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #657,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book offers a rich sense of Levinas as a person, and is valuable for elucidating the Jewish context and content of his thought. . . . This is the best biography of Levinas available." --Choice

"In Salomon Malka's masterful new biography of Levinas, the first in English for this most unique and challenging thinker, we are provided glimpses of the master through elegantly constructed fragments and miniatures detailing the facts of his life and the profound effect that he had on others. . . . In the course of these enlightening portraits from those who best knew him we learn how to better read Levinas as the details that are unearthed serve to unfold the many hermetic passages in Levinas books." --Tikkun Magazine

"English-language readers owe a debt of gratitude to Michael Kigel and Sonja M. Embree for translating Malka's French text (Emmanuel Levinas: La vie et la trace, 2002) into a very clear English. . . . This biography exceeds its expectations in successfully narrating a story about Emmanual Levinas the family man, the rigorous scholar, the passionate teacher, the Jew." --Shofar

About the Author

ALOMON MALKA is a writer and journalist. He is editorial director for the French radio station RCJ (La Radio de la Communauté) and is a regular contributor to the Jewish monthly l Arche. He is also the author of Lire Lévinas (1989) and Jésus rendu aux siens (2000).

MICHAEL KIGEL is Dean of the Jewish Leadership Program at the Lauder Business School, Vienna.

SONJA M. EMBREE received her PhD in existential phenomenology from Duquesne University. She is now at the University of British Columbia where she coordinates the Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Program and belongs to the Centre for Rural Health Research team.

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Format: Paperback
Salomon Malka was a pupil of Levinas who greatly appreciated him. In this brief biography he tells the story of the main chapters of Levinas' life from his early years in Kovno through the greater part of his life lived in Paris. He tells the story of his early philosophical giftedness, his education at Freiberg, his years as prisoner- of- war, the meeting marriage and life-time of working together with his wife Raissa, his years working as director of a French language Jewish school, his relationship to distinguished colleagues and friends, his development in thinking from the early fifties until he wins major recognition in the nineteen- eighties. Levinas was a great Talmudic school and ethical philsopher who knew both the Jewish and the Western philosophical traditions in depth. He developed a unique philosophy of personal responsibility and respect for the 'other.'
Malka talks to many friends and colleagues of Levinas and provides a good sense of the respect and reputation he had among others.
This work does not explicate the Philosophy in depth, and in fact does not deeply examine the inner world of Levinas. But it does tell the main story in a highly readable way.
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