A Propos, Levinas by David Appelbaum

By David Appelbaum

Rejects Levinas’s argument for the preeminence of ethics in philosophy.

“Imagine listening at a keyhole to a talk with the duty of transcribing it, and the outcome could be a textual content just like the current one.” — from half I: Stagework

In a sequence of meditations responding to writings by means of Emmanuel Levinas, David Appelbaum means that a mistaken grammar warrants Levinas to talk of language on the carrier of ethics. it's the nature of functionality that he errors. Appelbaum articulates this flaw through appearing in writing the act of the philosophical brain at paintings. Incorporating the voices of alternative thinkers—in specific Levinas’s contemporaries Jacques Derrida and Maurice Blanchot—sometimes sincerely, occasionally indistinctly, Appelbaum creates on those pages one of those soundstage upon which illustrations look of what he phrases “a rhetorical aesthetic,” which might reestablish rhetoric, principles for giving voice—and now not ethics—as the right kind matrix for knowing the otherness and beyond-being that Levinas seeks in his work.

David Appelbaum is Professor of Philosophy on the country college of recent York at New Paltz. His many books comprise Jacques Derrida’s Ghost: A Conjuration; The hold up of the center; Disruption; The cease; daily Spirits; and Voice, all released through SUNY Press.

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