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Levinas and the Night of Being: A Guide to Totality and Infinity

Raoul Moati


Can we truly claim that metaphysics is over? That we are living, as the post-phenomenological trend claims, in the epoch of the “end of metaphysics”? Through a close reading of Levinas’s masterpiece, Totality and Infinity, Raoul Moati tries to show that things are in fact much more complicated. Contrary to a certain common understanding of Levinas’s work, Totality and Infinity proposes not so much an alternative to Heidegger’s ontology, but a deeper elucidation of the meaning of “Being,” beyond Heidegger’s fundamental ontology. For this reason, the metaphor of the night becomes crucial to the ... More

Keywords: Continental philosophy, ethics, Levinas, phenomenology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780823273195
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823273195.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Raoul Moati, author
University of Chicago