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The Exorbitant
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The Exorbitant: Emmanuel Levinas Between Jews and Christians

Kevin Hart and Michael A. Signer

Abstract

We are exorbitant, and rightly so, when we cut any link we may have to cosmological powers. Levinas invites us to be exorbitant by distancing ourselves from visions of metaphysics, epistemology, and theology. We begin to listen well to Levinas when we hear him inviting us to break completely with the pagan world in which the gods are simply the highest beings in the cosmos and learn to practice an adult religion in which God is outside cosmology and ontology. God comes to mind neither in our attempts to think him as the creator of the cosmos nor ... More

Keywords: cosmological powers, Levinas, metaphysics, epistemology, theology, pagan, God, holiness, exorbitant, Jews

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780823230150
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011 DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823230150.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kevin Hart, editor
Department of Religious Studies, University of Virginia

Michael A. Signer, editor