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date: 20 February 2020

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Levinas’s work is situated within the context of the recent debate on nature and naturalism in Anglo-American philosophy. This debate is shown to weigh in favor of scientism, and the state of play in Continental philosophy is acknowledged. His conceptions of God, theism, and atheism are examined, and the implications are drawn out for an understanding of the distinction between ethics and nature, and, more generally, the limits of nature and naturalism. It is concluded that Levinas’s position is best understood in expansive naturalistic terms, and that he can help us to see what it could mean for such a position to be genuinely theistic.

Keywords: Levinas, scientism, naturalism, expansive naturalism, God, rheism, ethics, nature

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