Existence and Existents (Duquesne University Press) (Paperback)

Emmanuel Levinas

ID: 1501812

ISBN: 9780820703190

Format: Print Only

Price: $20.00


As Emmanuel Levinas states in the preface to Existence and Existents, this study is a preparatory one. It examines . . . the problem of the Good, time, and the relationship with the other [person] as a movement toward the Good. First published in 1947, and written mostly during Levinas's imprisonment during World War II, this work provides the first sketch of his mature thought later developed fully in Totality and Infinity and Otherwise than Being, or Beyond Essence. This new edition marks the first time this important work has been made available in an inexpensive paperback edition. Levinas's project in Existence and Existents is to move from anonymous existence to the emergence of subjectivity; to subjectivity's practice, theory and morality; to its encounter with the alterity of the other person. He is concerned here primarily with the time of the solitary subject; time is the inner structure of subjectivity, of the movement of existing. Levinas's work, says Alphonso Lingis, contains not only wholly new analyses of the forms of time of the present, the past, the future but also a new conception of the work of time. Beginning with Existence and Existents, then, it is possible to begin tracing the progressive alterization of time as it unfolds across the development of Levinas's entire philosophy. As a preparatory study, Existence and Existents introduces the major themes and concerns that occupied Levinas throughout his career. This is essential reading for understanding both Levinas's own philosophy and the developments in philosophical thought in the twentieth century.