By Lévinas, Emmanuel; Lévinas, Emmanuel; Fagenblat, Michael
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3:31). The point, for Paul, is to proclaim the promise of the Torah for all; so too for Levinas it is to expose and disseminate the ethical wisdom Levinas’s New Creation of the Torah, as well as the commentaries and historical experiences of the Jews to whom those logia were entrusted. It goes without saying that Jewishness, for Levinas, is a matter of ethical indifference—pure adiaphora, as Paul rightly calls it. In Badiou’s words, Jewish particularism is “simultaneously extrinsic . . 74 But it also follows that Levinas’s phenomenological works addressed to the Gentiles are midrashic accomplishments, radical interpretations of Jewish texts.
4 And while these commentators regard Levinas’s secret Judaism as making an important contribution to contemporary philosophy, several notable philosophers regard the religious element as a fatal flaw or even a bluff, behind which stands an antiphilosophical rhetoric of blind faith, dogmatism, and piety. Neither Philosophy Sometimes such critics protest at the generally religious thrust to Levinas’s thought; at other times they imply the problem lies in its specifically Judaic character. Almost always the argument has the following form: Levinas’s ethics is based on a metadivision between the categories of the Levinas’s New Creation Other and the Same.
39 Parties with opposing values and agendas, such as atheist philosophers and neo-Orthodox Jews, agree to produce a determination of Judaism that authorizes their respective— indeed, antithetical—claims, that Judaism is the authentic custodian of a revelation given without the consent of reason—torah as positivist nomos —whereas philosophy is the exercise of reason liberated from absolute givens, pure logos. ” 40 Partitioning of Judaism and philosophy by modern philosophers, neo-Orthodox Jewish thinkers, and leading commentators on Levinas thus concerns not only the question of how to read Levinas but also the broader issue of how to understand the very idea of Jewish philosophy.
A covenant of creatures : Levinas's philosophy of Judaism by Lévinas, Emmanuel; Lévinas, Emmanuel; Fagenblat, Michael