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Adam Zachary Newton

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823263516

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823263516.001.0001

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Ethics of Reading I

Ethics of Reading I

Levinas and the Talmud

(p.130) (p.131) Chapter 4 Ethics of Reading I
To Make the Hands Impure

Adam Zachary Newton

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Chapter 4 coordinates two essays from Levinas’s Difficult Freedom (1976) not typically discussed together: “Name of a Dog” and Signature.” Returning to questions about storytelling first proposed in Narrative Ethics, this coupling is embedded in a chain of linked narrative “extracts” from Levinas, Conrad, Vicki Hearne, and Homer. The chapter’s second part also draws from Levinas’s body of essays, aligning his final lecture talmudique, “Who Is One-Self “ (1989) and a meditation on R. Hayyim of Volozhin from In the Time of Nations (1988).

Keywords:   Ethics, Dog, Signature, Emmanuel Levinas, Joseph Conrad, Homer’s Odyssey, Vicki Hearne, Maurice Blanchot, R. Hayyim of Volozhin, Narrative, Talmud

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