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One of the Most Important Books in Levinas Scholarship,
This review is from: Sensibility and Singularity: The Problem of Phenomenology in Levinas (Suny Series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy) (Paperback)
Drabinski's book is the first full-length treatment of Levinas' relation to Husserl to appear in English, and for this reason it will occupy an important place in Levinas scholarship for many years to come. Anyone with a serious interest in Levinas' relation to Husserl should take this book seriously.
Drabinski's argument is, among many things, a response to Dominique Janicaud's argument that the so-called "theological turn" in phenomenology---which Janicaud thinks begins with Levinas---does not remain true to the central tenets of the phenomenological method. Drabinski argues that Levinas does not "escape" from phenomenology, but rather extends its boundaries by reworking the idea of sensibility from within. This reworking is accomplished from within Husserl's method itself, so, Drabinski reasons, Levinas' relation to Husserl is essentially a positive one.
Drabinski shows a deep acquaintance with both Levinas' thought and phenomenology in general, and the quality of scholarship is high. If there is one problem with this book, however, it would be with Drabinski's assessment of Levinas' relation to Heidegger. Heidegger always remained an important phenomenological influence on Levinas, and it would have been useful for Drabinski to indicate in more depth exactly how Heidegger fits in Levinas' constellation of influences.
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