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Title: All the rest must be translated: Levinas's notion of sense
Authors: Ma, Lin # ×
Issue Date: Dec-2008
Publisher: Blackwell Publishers
Series Title: Journal of Chinese Philosophy vol:35 issue:4 pages:599-612
Abstract: This paper examines an aspect in Levinas’ thinking that has rarely been brought into scholarly discussion: How does Levinas consider the relation between non-Western cultures and Western intellectual tradition? First, I explicate the central notion of sense (sens) in Levinas’ essay “Meaning and Sense” (1964). Sense is absolute and transcendent. It precedes and makes possible the meaning of all cultures. Second, I explore Levinas’ discussions of non-Western cultures in some of his essays and interviews. On these occasions, Levinas articulates the view that there is an essential difference between non-Western cultures and Western tradition that is predominantly Judaeo-Greek. In the last section, I consider the role which Levinas’ notion of sense plays in his reflection on the relation between non-Western cultures and Western tradition.
ISSN: 0301-8121
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Institute of Philosophy - miscellaneous
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