The Phenomenology of Time in the Philosophy of Levinas: Temporality and Otherness in the Hebraic Tradition

Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 90)


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  1. 1.
    The bibliography on this topic is in itself very large. I shall therefore limit myself to a single reference which analyses Levinas’ approach to Time from a genuine phenomenological angle, and thus can be of special interest for the present reader: François David Sebbah: L’épreuve de la limite; Derrida, Henry, Levinas et la phénoménologie (Paris: Collège International de Philosophie, PUF, 2001), particularly pp. 93–108; 260–269.Google Scholar
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    E. Levinas, Le temps et l’autre (Paris: PUF Quadrige, 1985, p. 24).Google Scholar
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    Ibid., pp. 31–32.Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Ibid., p. 33.Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Ibid., p. 51.Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Ibid., p. 51.Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Ibid., p. 56.Google Scholar
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    Ibid., p. 56.Google Scholar
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    Ibid., p. 56.Google Scholar
  10. 10.
    Ibid., p. 63.Google Scholar
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    Ibid., p. 63.Google Scholar
  12. 12.
    Ibid., p. 64 (my italics).Google Scholar
  13. 13.
    Ibid., p. 68.Google Scholar
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    Ibid., pp. 68–69.Google Scholar
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    Ibid., p. 74.Google Scholar
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    Aristotle, Physics, Book IV, 11, 219a, Oxford University Press, 1996.Google Scholar
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    Ibid., 219b.Google Scholar
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    E. Levinas, Autrement qu’être, ou au-delà de l’essence (The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, 1974), p. 120.Google Scholar
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    M. Heidegger, ibid., pp. 106–107.Google Scholar
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    E. Levinas, Alérité et transcendance (Paris: Editions Fata Morgana, 1995), pp. 51–86.Google Scholar
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    Ibid., pp. 51–86.Google Scholar
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    E. Husserl, Idées directrices pour une phénoménologie I (Paris: Editions Gallimard, 1950) [163] p. 275.Google Scholar
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    Ibid., p. 275.Google Scholar
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    M. Heidegger, Being and Time, Joan Stambaugh (trans.) (Albany: SUNY Press), p. 239.Google Scholar
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    Ibid., 81, p. 75.Google Scholar
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    E. Levinas, Ethique et infini (Paris: Editions Fayard, 1982), pp. 17–18.Google Scholar
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    Cf. the dedication of Sein und Zeit: “... Our aim in the following treatise is to work out the question of the meaning of being and to do so concretely. Our provisional aim is the interpretation of time as the possible horizon for any understanding whatsoever of being.” M. Heidegger, Being and Time, ibid., p. 1 (underlined by the author, slanted by us).Google Scholar
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    Genesis 2; 1–3.Google Scholar
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    Bereshit Rabba, 11: 1; also see Rashi’s commentary on Genesis 2; 3.Google Scholar
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    Genesis, Chapter 1, Verse 28.Google Scholar
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    Ibid., Chapter 1.Google Scholar
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    Henri Bergson, L’Évolution créatrice, see note 31.Google Scholar
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    Rudolf Otto, Le sacré (Paris: Editions Payot, 1995), pp. 27–43.Google Scholar
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    Mircea Eliade, Le sacré et leprofane (Paris: Editions Gallimard, 1965), p. 20.Google Scholar
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    Ibid., p. 18.Google Scholar
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    E. Levinas, Nine Talmudic Readings (Bloomington: University of Indiana Press, 1990), p. 150.Google Scholar

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