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Levinas and the Greek Heritage followed by One Hundred Years of Neoplatonism in France: A Brief Philosophical History


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Authors:  Narbonne J.-M., Hankey W.J.
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Year: 2006
ISBN: 978-90-429-1766-8
Pages: VI-255 p.
Price: 38 EURO


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«Levinas and the Greek Heritage» shows that throughout his career, Emmanuel Levinas always admired and recognized his profound debt to Plato and to the philosophical tradition he initiated, which have been largely transmitted to us by the Neoplatonists, most notably Plotinus and Proclus. How can we read «Otherwise than Being or Beyond Essence» in any other way than as some sort of Neoplatonic programme, prolonging Plato's Good "beyond being" of the «Republic» VI, 509b, in the direction of the "other man," the one which in his "nudity" and "fragility," opens for us the horizon of a new humanism? There are many ways by which one can attempt to go over and above Being, not only a Greek way (primordially metaphysical), but also a Biblical way (mainly ethical). One of the interests of Levinas' philosophy is to show us the hidden community - and perhaps unavoidable interdependency - of these two approaches. «One Hundred Years of Neoplatonism in France» shows that during the Twentieth century a retrieval of Neoplatonism is a powerful hidden feature of French philosophy and theology, of spiritual and institutional life. Beginning with Henri Bergson, it passes by way of figures like Maurice Blondel, A.J. Festugière, Henri de Lubac, Jean Trouillard, Henry Duméry, and culminates with Michel Henry, Pierre Hadot, and Jean-Luc Marion. The book examines the particular character Neoplatonism takes in this retrieval, and traces connections between leading figures within the French and Anglophone worlds.


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