Levinas the Exorbitant
This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of how the word exorbitant takes us deep into the thoughts of Levinas. It suggests that use of superlatives can constitute a philosophical method if the aim were to shock us out of our habit of regarding ethics as centered on the self and requiring reciprocity from the other person. The chapter then describes the origins of this volume, which began as a conference convened at the University of Notre Dame from April 17 to 19, 2005. The chapters in this book are papers which were given at that conference or were written specifically for it.
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