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- DescriptionCan we say that metaphysics is over? That we live, as post-phemelogy claims, after end of metaphysics ? Through a close reading of Levinas's masterpiece Totality and Infinity, Raoul Moati shows that things are much more complicated. Totality and Infinity proposes t so much an alternative to Heidegger's ontology as a deeper elucidation of the meaning of being beyond Heidegger's fundamental ontology. The metaphor of the night becomes crucial in order to explore a cturnal face of the events of being beyond their ontological reduction to the understanding of being. The deployment of being beyond its intentional or ontological reduction coincides with what Levinas calls cturnal events. Insofar as the light of understanding hides them, it is only through deformalizing the traditional phemelogical approach to phemena that Levinas leads us to their exploration and their systematic and mutual implications. Following Levinas's account of these cturnal events, Moati elaborates the possibility of what he calls a metaphysics of society that cant be integrated into the deconstructive grasp of the metaphysics of presence. Ultimately, Levinas and the Night of Being opens the possibility of a revival of metaphysics after the end of metaphysics .
- Author BiographyRaoul Moati is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Chicago. He has published three books in French, one of which, on Derrida and Searle, has just come out in English from Columbia University Press.
- Author(s)Raoul Moati
- PublisherFordham University Press
- Date of Publication01/01/2017
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintFordham University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight340 g
- Width152 mm
- Height226 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Translated byDaniel Wyche
- Foreword byJocelyn Benoist
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