Emmanuel Levinas's philosophy is extensive enough that a complete treatment of it is beyond the scope of this book. It will have occasion to address many of the themes and topics central to his thought—ipseity, alterity, illeity, responsibility, substitution, and sociality among them. This chapter examines Emmanuel Levinas's Totality and Infinity, providing a general summary of his philosophical project, especially his relation to ontology. It sets the stage for an encounter with Gabriel Marcel by articulating Levinas's version of the intersubjective relationship or, as he usually terms it, the relation of the same to the other. Finally, it describes alterity as seen by Levinas and addresses the role of justice and love within his work. Needless to say, the question of otherness will be ever present in these considerations.
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