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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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On Levinas's Gifts to Christian Theology

On Levinas's Gifts to Christian Theology

(p.130) On Levinas's Gifts to Christian Theology
The Exorbitant

Robyn Horner

Fordham University Press

This chapter considers some of the ways in which Levinas's thought has been adopted by Christian theologians. The discussion is largely be driven by questions concerning the appropriateness of that adoption rather than its content, for it is conceivable that to incorporate Levinas's work into Christian theological projects at all may be to do it violence. Borrowing from Levinas ultimately brings theology to the point of having to recognize not only its conditions of possibility but also its conditions of impossibility, and that this may be more than many theologians have bargained for.

Keywords:   Emmanuel Levinas, Christian theology, God, Jewish theology

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