• "Extreme Attention to the Real": Levinas and Religious Hermeneutics

    Author(s):
    Laurence Edwards (see profile)
    Date:
    2008
    Group(s):
    Jewish Studies
    Subject(s):
    Twentieth century, Jewish philosophy, Philosophy, Modern, Talmud
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Heidegger, Levinas, 20th century, Modern Jewish thought, Talmudic studies
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6KB8W
    Abstract:
    One important area of Levinas's Jewish thought consists in his Talmudic read~ ings. Over the course of many years, he developed an approach to the reading of Talmud that relies, implicitly and explicitly, on various hermeneutical principles. A fundamental characteristic of rabbinic reading, according to Levinas, is "ex~ creme attention to the Real;' the complexity of both human nature and the many concrete situations to which human beings must respond. This essay uses one of the Talmudic readings as a springboard for an exploration of the hermeneutics that are at work in Levinas' approach, including, in this case, his own very real relationship to and disappointment with his teacher, Martin Heidegger .
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