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Title: The Hermeneutics of Emmanuel Levinas
Author(s): WAAIJMAN, Kees
Journal: Studies in Spirituality
Volume: 11    Date: 2000   
Pages: 71-125
DOI: 10.2143/SIS.11.0.505277

Abstract :
The hermeneutics of Levinas, located in the phenomenological-dialogical tradition and aiming at the transcendental-pragmatic dimension of the text, is realized in his Talmudic readings.
This article explains these hermeneutics with the aid of the Preface to Beyond the Verse: Talmudic Reading and Lectures. In this Preface Levinas grounds the basic structure of a Bible verse in the prophetic nature of language; he shows how this prophetic nature orients the speaker to the other who addresses me and awakens my responsibility; this irreplaceable responsibility brings out my uniqueness.

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