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date: 15 July 2020

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Opening with an argument to the effect that Levinas’s Jewish writings operate in the realm of the Levinasian political, this article goes on to draw out the understanding of Judaism that makes this possible, namely a Judaism concerned with law. The second half of the article is a reading of Levinas’s Talmudic lecture, “Desacralization and Disenchantment,” which clarifies this understanding of Judaism in opposition to capitalism and to a dangerously apolitical form of Christianity. This reading shows how Levinas’s Talmudic lessons articulate and develop central themes of his philosophical thinking and of his conception of Judaism.

Keywords: Levinas, Judaism, Jewish, Talmud, Talmudic, politics, capitalism, Christianity

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