Radical Finitude Meets Infinity: Levinas's Gestures To Heidegger's Fundamental Ontology

Thesis Eleven 90 (1):61-78 (2007)
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This article explores the consecutive modifications that phenomenology underwent in the works of Heidegger and Levinas. In particular, it discusses their importance for contemporary attempts to expand — and transcend — phenomenology in philosophy and the social sciences. Heidegger and Levinas responded to the problem of subjectivity — and intersubjectivity — in diametrically opposed ways and consequently the exposition of their thoughts involves focusing on conceptual dichotomies like finitude and infinity, time and eternity. Ultimately, it is argued that the very conceptions of the human being that the two thinkers furnish under the guise of Dasein and Autrui reveal the impasses associated with western metaphysics and pave the path for the development of more adequate theorizations of subjectivity, radical otherness and communal being



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Totality and Infinity: An Essay on Exteriority.Emmanuel Levinas - 1961 - Distribution for the U.S. And Canada, Kluwer Boston.
Being and Time.Ronald W. Hepburn - 1964 - Philosophical Quarterly 14 (56):276.
An Introduction to Metaphysics.Martin Heidegger - 1953/2000 - New Haven: Yale University Press.

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