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Correlations in Rosenzweig and Levinas
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Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c1992.

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ix, 288 p.
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Robert Gibbs radically revises standard interpretations of the two key figures of modern Jewish philosophy--Franz Rosenzweig, author of the monumental Star of Redemption , and Emmanuel Levinas, a major voice in contemporary intellectual life, who has inspired such thinkers as Derrida, Lyotard, Irigaray, and Blanchot. Rosenzweig and Levinas thought in relation to different philosophical schools and wrote in disparate styles. Their personal relations to Judaism and Christianity were markedly dissimilar. To Gibbs, however, the two thinkers possess basic affinities with each other. The book offers important insights into how philosophy is continually being altered by its encounter with other traditions.

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This ambitious work seeks to reclassify both Rosenzweig and Levinas, declaring the former a postmodern philosopher and the latter (against his own expressed wishes) a Jewish Thinker (Gibbs's capitals). This project is accomplished through wide-ranging and rather novel use of the concept "correlation," meaning here not only correlation of themes in the writings of the two authors but also and more importantly correlation between the great enterprises of Judaism and philosophy; each of these has historically been enriched by the other and both continue to need such enrichment today. Seen in this framework, Rosenzweig and Levinas share a "family resemblance" with such other 20th-century thinkers as Hermann Cohen, Martin Buber, and the Christian writer Gabriel Marcel. The interpretations are not always convincing, the language is often difficult, and the structure of the book so difficult to follow that the author must frequently stop and explain to the reader where the argument has led. Nevertheless, the theme is important, and the book may draw attention to two thinkers who deserve more notice in this country than they have been receiving. Recommended, but only for advanced academic collections. R. Goldenberg; SUNY at Stony Brook

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Abbreviations and Citationsp. xi
Correlations in Rosenzweig and Levinasp. 2
Introduction Philosophy and Its Othersp. 3
Chapter 1 Correlations, Adaptationp. 17
Chapter 2 The Logic of Limitationp. 34
Chapter 3 Speech as Performance (i): the Grammar of Revelationp. 57
Chapter 4 Speech as Performance (ii): Logic, Reading, Questionsp. 80
Chapter 5 Eternity and Society (i): Sociology and Historyp. 105
Chapter 6 Eternity and Society (ii): Politics Vs. Aestheticsp. 129
Chapter 7 Correlations, Translationp. 155
Chapter 8 The Unique Other: Hermann Cohen and Emmanuel Levinasp. 176
Chapter 9 Substitution: Marcel and Levinasp. 192
Chapter 10 Marx and Levinas: Liberation in Societyp. 229
Epilogue: Seven Rubrics for Jewish Philosophyp. 255
Notesp. 261
Select Bibliographyp. 271
Name Indexp. 275
Subject Indexp. 277