Emmanuel Levinas is best kwn for having reintroduced the question of ethics into the Continental philosophical tradition. In The Metaphysics of Love, however, Stella Sandford argues that an over-emphasis on ethics in the reception of Levinas's thought has covered over both the basis and the details of his philosophical project--a metaphysics which affirms the necessity to think of an unqualified transcendence as a first principle. Sandford's book is at the same time a powerful feminist critique of both Levinas's gendered philosophical categories and the attempt to reclaim aspects of this philosophy for feminist theory.
Stella Sandford is Lecturer on Modern European Philosophy at Middlesex University, London. She is a member of the Radical Philosophy Editorial Collective, and has published work on Levinas, Plato and feminist philosophy.