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Levinas and Theology by Michael Purcell

Levinas and Theology

by Michael Purcell

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Michael Purcell has some hang-ups about whether the meta-ethics at the heart of Levinasian understanding of justice can really be reconciled with Christianity. That is to say, he has a sense of Christianity which is itself intrinsically metaphysical; and in consequence he finds Levinas inspiring but not quite persuasive. For any of us who are interested in whether there might be an alternative version of Christianity which is not centred on ontology, Emmanuel Levinas may well be much more convincing a witness. But this book is an interesting and reasonably straightforward exploration of the issues. ( )
  readawayjay | Feb 11, 2011 |
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Emmanuel Levinas was a significant contributor to the field of philosophy, phenomenology and religion. A key interpreter of Husserl, he stressed the importance of attitudes to other people in any philosophical system. For Levinas, to be a subject is to take responsibility for others as well as yourself. He regarded ethics as the foundation for all other philosophy, but later admitted it could also be the foundation for theology. Michael Purcell outlines the basic themes of Levinas' thought and the ways in which they might be deployed in fundamental and practical theology, and the study of the phenomenon of religion.

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Emmanuel Levinas was a significant twentieth century thinker in the fields of philosophy, phenomenology, and religion. In this book Michael Purcell outlines the basic themes of Levinas' thought and their usefulness to fundamental and practical theology.… (more)

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