Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Shaw, Joshua. Review of Michael de Saint Cheron, CONVERSATIONS WITH EMMANUEL LEVINAS, 1983-1994. NDPR (January 2011).

Cheron, Michaël de Saint.  Conversations with Emmanuel Levinas, 1983-1994.  Trans. Gary D. Mole.  Pittsburgh: Duquesne UP, 2010.

Michaël de Saint Cheron's Conversations with Emmanuel Levinas, 1983-1994 (hereafter Conversations), is a somewhat misleadingly titled new publication from Duquesne University Press. The book's title makes it sound as though it is a collection of interviews between Levinas and Saint Cheron, a scholar who has published works on Augustin Malroux and Elie Wiesel and who participated in Levinas's lessons at the École normal israélite orientale from 1983 onward. However, Saint Cheron's interviews compose only a small part of the book, which also contains four essays on Levinas and an extended essay on Yom Kippur, atonement, and forgiveness. The fact that these interviews constitute a small part of the book will be a disappointment for some. However, Conversations has several qualities to recommend it, both as a study of Levinas's philosophy as well as a work of Jewish philosophy in its own right. . . .

Read the rest here: http://ndpr.nd.edu/review.cfm?id=22172.

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