• Review of Between Levinas and Heidegger

    Subhasis Chattopadhyay (see profile)
    Theology, Philosophical theology, Literature--Philosophy, Judaism--Study and teaching, Lévinas, Emmanuel
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    Edith Stein, Existentialism, Martin Heidegger, Problem of Empathy
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    This is a comprehensive critique of the Heidegger problem and while putting forward a critique of Heidegger; it establishes the sanctity of Levinas. In the process of doing so; the reviewer touches on the problems of not considering Edith Stein in a book of this sort. When I got my tenure in India, one wisecrack on the board of interviewers asked me how Kit Marole influenced Shakespeare. I knew that he was just quoting Wayne C Booth's stuff on Macbeth. John E Drabinski and Eric S Nelson are not those wisecrack sorts. They are serious scholars and this review gives them their due. They have shown the Janus nature of the Nazi, Heidegger who was instrumental in gassing Edith Stein, who needs to be known more throughout the academy, which COVID 19 has successfully destroyed. And we need Levinas and Stein to rebuild a world which will be mediated soon by drones and inane webinars and contactless nonsense. This reviewer suggests that we read this book with great care. And not participate in meaningless online events.
    I thank the Ramakrishna Mission to first get me this book. Pre-Covid, the first world never cared for us in the third world battling Umphan. Prabuddha Bharata never skipped an issue from 1896 & will not go the Shakespeare Survey way. Trumpland and other such lands; remember now it is a level playing field. The old boys' club thing does not work anymore. Tenures mean nothing now. If one person has COVID 19 or Ebola; tenure your foot. I pity my country wo/men in the first world.
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    10 months ago


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