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Lévinas Seminar | Lent Term 

Autrement qu’être ou au-delà de l’essence

(Otherwise than Being, or Beyond Essence)

 

For the Lent Term, we start a new Seminar/Reading Group on Emmanuel Lévinas’ masterpiece Autrement qu’être ou au-delà de l’essence (1974). 

 With Lévinas, there is a resurgence of Platonism in Structuralist and Post-Structuralist thought. This is quite visible in his usage of such expressions as “l’autre de l’être”, “autrement qu’être”, or “au-delà de l’essence”. Lévinas places himself both at the centre and in the margins of various traditions. Otherwise than Being, or Beyond Essence can be seen as an expression of his idiosyncratic Platonism, and a critic of contemporary philosophy, which he characterized as anti-Platonist. In these investigations, Lévinas accomplishes a radical turn and a complete “retournement de l’ordre des choses”. 

 We will read the English translation of Alphonso Lingis (1991), along side the French text of the 1974 edition.

 

Meeting dates:

15, 22, 29 January, 5, 12, 19, 26 February

Tuesdays | 14.00 — 15.30 | Faculty of Divinity, room 4

 

Enquiries: Dr Adrian Mihai (Faculty of Divinity, am2614@cam.ac.uk).

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