For you alone: Emmanuel Levinas and the answerable life

Veling, Terry A. For you alone: Emmanuel Levinas and the answerable life. Eugene, OR, USA: Cascade Books, 2014.

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Author Veling, Terry A.
Title For you alone: Emmanuel Levinas and the answerable life
Place of Publication Eugene, OR, USA
Publisher Cascade Books
Publication year 2014
Sub-type Research book (original research)
Open Access Status
ISBN 9781610977173
Language eng
Total number of pages 208
Collection year 2015
Formatted Abstract/Summary
The works of Emmanuel Levinas, a survivor of the Nazi horror, are striking in the constancy of their thought and the strength of their appeal. We are not condemned to evil and hatred; rather, we are called to be-for-each-other.

For You Alone explores the relational and religious quality of Levinas' work. Our lives are always twofold rather than "one and the same." A relational life is dependent on encounters that are revelatory. Revelation means that life is no mere sameness but is tied to the revelation of the other, to you. Here is transcendence par excellence. Here is what the name of God signifies, the relational and ethical bond that takes us outside ourselves toward the other in our midst. What could be more natural, more human, or more divine than to speak of the relational quality of life?

An answerable life means that we are asked after, called, required. "Here I am under your gaze," Levinas writes, "obliged to you, your servant. In the name of God."
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