Emmanuel Levinas: The Genealogy of Ethics


John Llewelyn's book is a timely and exemplary study of Levinas's work. Following his philosophical works in roughly chronological order, Llewelyn shows how Levinas's argument - that metaphysics is anarchically ethical - departs from the tradition culminating with Hegel from the thinking of contemporaries like Husserl and Heidegger.He examines in detail the relationship between Nietzsche's scripture after the 'death of God' - so central to post-structuralism and post-modernism - and looks at the significance of the interruption by Levinas's genealogy of ethics of Nietzsche's genealogy of morals. John Llewellyn argues convincingly that in this time of crisis in ethics, Levinas's work provides a valuable alternative way to understand ethics. He asks, how after Auschwitz, can we afford to leave Levinas unread? Written for students of continental philosophy and theology, as well as for readers pursuing more advanced research, this book finally brings the work of Levinas to a wider audience.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1995


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