Levinas And James: Toward A Pragmatic Phenomenology

Paperback | October 21, 2010

byMegan Craig

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Bringing to light new facets in the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas and William James, Megan Craig explores intersections between French phenomenology and American pragmatism. Craig demonstrates the radical empiricism of Levinas's philosophy and the ethical implications of James's pluralism while illuminating their relevance for two philosophical disciplines that have often held each other at arm's length. Revealing the pragmatic minimalism in Levinas's work and the centrality of imagery in James's prose, she suggests that aesthetic links are crucial to understanding what they share. Craig's suggestive readings change current perceptions and clear a path for a more open, pluralistic, and creative pragmatic phenomenology that takes cues from both philosophers.

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Bringing to light new facets in the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas and William James, Megan Craig explores intersections between French phenomenology and American pragmatism. Craig demonstrates the radical empiricism of Levinas's philosophy and the ethical implications of James's pluralism while illuminating their relevance for two phi...

Megan Craig is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Art at Stony Brook University. She is also an artist and has exhibited her work internationally.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:276 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.75 inPublished:October 21, 2010Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253222389

ISBN - 13:9780253222381

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Table of Contents

Contents
Preface
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations

1. Insomnia
2. Faces
3. Experience
4. Emotion
5. Poetry
6. Painting
Afterword

Notes
Bibliography
Index

Editorial Reviews

"Craig's book is most welcome, as it puts James into conversation with one of the most important continental (post-)phenomenological thinkers of the twentieth century, Emmanuel Levinas. These two philosophers might seem to be very different, and their divergences in writing styles, for instance, cannot be denied; yet, Craig shows convincingly that they do share a number of important ideas, many of which should make us rethink the very nature of ethics (and philosophy)." -Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society