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date: 20 February 2020

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This chapter explores several aspects of the friendship of Emmanuel Levinas and Maurice Blanchot. First, a brief narrative of their friendship is given. Second, their views on literature and art are explored, with particular attention given to Levinas’s essay “Reality and Its Shadow” and Blanchot’s essay “Two Versions of the Imaginary.” Third, Blanchot’s responses to Levinas’s ethics are discussed: first, the reservations about the program of Totality and Infinity as elaborated in The Infinite Conversation; and second, the appreciative fragments on Otherwise Than Being in The Writing of the Disaster. And fourth, the significance of Judaism for each thinker is evaluated.

Keywords: Levinas, art, communism, concept, le Dehors, disaster, Edmund Husserl, ethics, il y a, image

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