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Author Kleinberg, Ethan, 1967- author.

Title Emmanuel Levinas's Talmudic turn : philosophy and Jewish thought / Ethan Kleinberg
Published Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, [2021]


Description 1 online resource (xviii, 220 pages)
Series Cultural memory in the present
Cultural memory in the present.
Contents Introduction : God on our side/God on God's own side -- Being-Jewish, from Vilna to Paris : the temptation of temptation (Shabbath pp.88a and 88b) -- The Alliance israélite universelle, Shushani, and the École normale israélite universelle : old as the world (Sanhedrin, pp. 36b-37a) -- The Talmudic lectures at the Colloque des intellectuels juifs de langue française : beyond memory (Berakhot, 12b-13a) -- Hebrew into Greek : translation and exemplarism : contempt for the Torah as idolatry (Sanhedrin, 99a and 99b) -- Conclusion : constitutive dissymmetry
Summary "In this rich intellectual history of the French-Jewish philosopher Emmanuel Levinas's Talmudic lectures in Paris, Ethan Kleinberg addresses Levinas's Jewish life and its relation to his philosophical writings while making an argument for the role and importance of Levinas's Talmudic lessons. Pairing each chapter with a related Talmudic lecture, Kleinberg uses the distinction Levinas presents between "God on Our Side" and "God on God's Side" to provide two discrete and at times conflicting approaches to Levinas's Talmudic readings. One is historically situated and argued from "our side" while the other uses Levinas's Talmudic readings themselves to approach the issues as timeless and derived from "God on God's own side." Bringing the two approaches together, Kleinberg asks whether the ethical message and moral urgency of Levinas's Talmudic lectures can be extended beyond the texts and beliefs of a chosen people, religion, or even the seemingly primary unit of the self. Touching on Western philosophy, French Enlightenment universalism, and the Lithuanian Talmudic tradition, Kleinberg provides readers with a boundary-pushing investigation into the origins, influences, and causes of Levinas's turn to and use of Talmud"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on October 29, 2021)
Subject Lévinas, Emmanuel -- Religion
Lévinas, Emmanuel
SUBJECT Talmud -- Criticism, interpretation, etc. -- History
Talmud fast
Subject Jewish philosophy -- 20th century.
PHILOSOPHY / Religious.
Jewish philosophy
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2021005590
ISBN 9781503629608