Levinas and the Holocaust

a reconstruction

Bob Plant

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Abstract

AbstractEmmanuel Levinas remains one of the most influential and challenging writers in twentieth-century European philosophy. But while critics often accuse him of obscurantism, even sympathetic readers are not always enamored with Levinas’s highly emotive vocabulary. Although there are standard ways of reading Levinas’s work—usually through his phenomenological and/or Judaic heritage—in this paper I offer a different route of access. Drawing primarily on Primo Levi’s testimonial Holocaust writings, I argue that reading Levinas as a “post-Holocaust” thinker both clarifies key features of his work, and eases at least some of the frustration commonly experienced by readers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-79
Number of pages36
JournalJournal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Emmanuel Levinas
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Keywords

  • everyday kindness
  • guilt
  • usurpation
  • vulnerability

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Levinas and the Holocaust : a reconstruction. / Plant, Bob.

In: Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy, Vol. 22, No. 1, 2014, p. 44-79.

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