The relation among the Greek and Judeo-Christian traditions is "the nice challenge" of Western philosophy, in keeping with Emmanuel Levinas. during this booklet Brian Schroeder, Silvia Benso, and a global crew of philosophers handle the connection among Levinas and the realm of historical suggestion. as well as philosophy, subject matters pertaining to faith, mythology, metaphysics, ontology, epistemology, ethics, and politics also are explored. the quantity as a complete offers a unified and prolonged dialogue of the way an engagement among Levinas and thinkers from the traditional culture works to counterpoint understandings of either. This publication opens new pathways in historical and glossy philosophical reviews because it illuminates new interpretations of Levinas' ethics and his social and political philosophy.
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