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date: 18 November 2019

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Emmanuel Levinas (1906–1995) emerged as an influential philosophical voice in the final decades of the twentieth century, and his reputation has continued to flourish and increase in our own day. His central themes—the primacy of the ethical and the core of ethics as our responsibility to and for others—speak to readers from a host of disciplines and perspectives. This Introduction to The Oxford Handbook of Levinas provides background on Levinas’s life and philosophical thought, and it surveys various approaches to and critical assessments of his contributions. The Handbook’s structure is laid out and each of the thirty-eight chapters is briefly summarized.

Keywords: alterity, consciousness, existentialism, face, infinity, Judaism, phenomenology, subjectivity, temporality, transcendence

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