This book brings together an important collection of essays by Emmanuel Levinas, a leading philosopher of the 20th century, dating from between 1969 and 1980. The book considers specific Jewish problems: exegetic methodology, points of Jewish doctrine, Jewish religious philosophy, and contemporary political and cultural issues. It also includes five "Talmudic" readings. The book will be of interest to readers throughout the wider philosophical and religious communities. These books are seminal works of the finest minds in Western thought, including Adorno, Badiou, Derrida, Heidegger and Larkin. They are works of such power that they changed the cultural mind when they were written and continue to resonate today - landmark texts in the fields of philosophy, literature, popular culture, politics and theology - strikingly designed, accessibly priced.
Emmanuel Levinas (1906-1995) was a leading philosopher and Talmudic commentator.
Translator's Note; Author's Note; Foreword; FIDELITIES; 1. Demanding Judaism; TALMUDIC READINGS; 2. Model of the West; 3. Cities of Refuge; 4. Who Plays Last?; 5. The Pact; 6. On Religious Language and the Fear of God; THEOLOGIES; 7. On the Jewish Reading of Scriptures; 8. The Name of God According to a Few Talmudic Texts; 9. Revelation in the Jewish Tradition; 10. 'In the Image of God', According to Rabbi Hayyim Volozhiner; 11. Spinoza's Background; ZIONISMS; 12. The State of Caesar and the State of David; 13. Politics After!; 14. Assimilation and New Culture; Notes; Index.