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The ExorbitantEmmanuel Levinas Between Jews and Christians$
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Kevin Hart and Michael A. Signer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823230150

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823230150.001.0001

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Levinas the Exorbitant

(p.1) Introduction
The Exorbitant

Kevin Hart

Fordham University Press

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.

Keywords:   Emmanuel Levinas, exorbitant, ethics, religion, philosophy

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