Appositions of Jacques Derrida and Emmanuel Levinas

Paperback | January 10, 2002

byJohn Llewelyn

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"This is a book of scintillating intelligence, a book whose range of references, whose extraordinary ethical sensibility and linguistic creativity, set a standard for philosophy that few if any contemporary thinkers other than Derrida and Levinas themselves can match.... On every page, there is Llewelean sparkle." -David Wood

If not simple opposition or simple juxtaposition, what is the relation between the writings to which Derrida and Levinas appose their signatures? What would each endorse in the writings of the other? What is it to sign and endorse? How does one assume responsibility, and how does one avoid assuming it? These are some of the probing questions that the prominent Continental philosopher John Llewelyn takes up in Appositions, which brings together and synthesizes 15 essays written during the past 20 years. This book by a powerfully original thinker and first-rate interpreter is essential reading for all those interested in the writings of Derrida and Levinas and in the ways in which their thinking intersects.

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"This is a book of scintillating intelligence, a book whose range of references, whose extraordinary ethical sensibility and linguistic creativity, set a standard for philosophy that few if any contemporary thinkers other than Derrida and Levinas themselves can match.... On every page, there is Llewelean sparkle." -David WoodIf not sim...

John Llewelyn has been Reader in Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, Visiting Professor of Philosophy at the University of Memphis, and the Arthur J. Schmitt Distinguished Visiting Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University of Chicago. Among his publications are BeyondMetaphysics? The Hermeneutic Circle in Contemporary Contine...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.85 inPublished:January 10, 2002Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preliminary Table of Contents:

Acknowledgments
Preface
Abbreviations

Introduction: Levinas, Derrida and Others vis-a-vis
Ethical metaphysics
Facial expression
Paradoxical proximity
The back of beyond

ONE: Responsibility with Indecidability
Use and mention
Types and performances
The paradox of quasi-analysis
Sursum corda
Before the question

TWO: Derrida, Mallarme and Anatole
First affirmation
Last testament
Limited incorporation

THREE: The Origin and End of Philosophy
Solid sense
Implex
Resource
Prote philosophia

FOUR: In the Name of Philosophy
In the name of God
Two first philosophies. Levinas and Jankelevitch
The love of wisdom and the wisdom of love

FIVE: What is Orientation in Thinking? Facing the Facts
Reason and sentiment
Individualism
Salvage and salvation
Society
The delimitation of reason alone

SIX: Amen
Rosenzweig
God's yessence
The extraordinary word

SEVEN: The Impossibility of Levinas's Death
Being dead
Why me?
Peace and quiet
The sting
Dust and ashes

EIGHT: The Possibility of Heidegger's Death
Classical modalities
The ontological difference
I die therefore I am
Summary

NINE: sELection

TEN: Jewgreek or Greekjew
Writing with both hands
Souciance
Violence and violence

ELEVEN: At this Very Moment.... A Repetition that is not One
Open opus
Other passages
Interruption
Open questions

TWELVE: Levinas and Language
Structuralism
Ontologism
Linguistic possessions
Nouns, Verbs and Verbal Nouns
Pronouns and Pronunciation
Saying, Said and Silence
The Language of Levinas's Philosophy of Language

THIRTEEN: Thresholds
What goes on between the affect and the seing?
What is the absolute difference?
What is transgression?

FOURTEEN: Semioethics
Signification
Meanings
The divine nature of language
Lessons
The word of peace
Responsibility and play

FIFTEEN: No Happy Ending
Affirmation
Universality and cultural colonization
Teleology and deontology
Infinity and totality
Woe is me
In touch
Happiness
Politics after

Notes
Index