Levinas and the Greek Heritage
Levinas and the Greek Heritage shows that throughout his career, Emmanuel Levinas always admired and recognized his profound debt to Plato and to the philosophical tradition he initiated, which have been largely transmitted to us by the Neoplatonists, most notably Plotinus and Proclus. How can we read Otherwise than Being or Beyond Essence in any other way than as some sort of Neoplatonic programme, prolonging Plato's Good "beyond being" of the Republic VI, 509b, in the direction of the "other man," the one which in his "nudity" and "fragility," opens for us the horizon of a new humanism? There are many ways by which one can attempt to go over and above Being, not only a Greek way (primordially metaphysical), but also a Biblical way (mainly ethical). One of the interests of Levinas' philosophy is to show us the hidden community - and perhaps unavoidable interdependency - of these two approaches.One Hundred Years of Neoplatonism in France shows that during the Twentieth century a retrieval of Neoplatonism is a powerful hidden feature of French philosophy and theology, of spiritual and institutional life. Beginning with Henri Bergson, it passes by way of figures like Maurice Blondel, A.J. Festugiere, Henri de Lubac, Jean Trouillard, Henry Dumery, and culminates with Michel Henry, Pierre Hadot, and Jean-Luc Marion. The book examines the particular character Neoplatonism takes in this retrieval, and traces connections between leading figures within the French and Anglophone worlds.
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Philosophy against Theology
the Greek Example
Preface to the English Edition Acknowledgements and Dedication
an Hegelian and Intellectualist Plotinus
absolute already ancient Aquinas Aristotelian Aristotle Armstrong Augustine Augustinian Bergson Biran Blondel Brehier Breton Catholic century Christian contemporary critical Damascius Denys difference discourse divine doctrine Dumery E.R. Dodds Eckhart Enneads Ereignis Eriugena essence ethical Etudes existence faith Festugiere France French Neoplatonism gods Greek Hegel Heidegger Heidegger's Heideggerian Hellenic henology Henry history of philosophy human Ibid idea idem infinite intellectual Janicaud Jean Trouillard Jean-Luc Marion lamblichus Leroux Levinas Levinas's Levinasian losophy Lubac Maine de Biran Marion Maurice Blondel meaning metaphysics Milbank modern mysticism Narbonne negative theology Neopla Neoplatonism Neoplatonists Nonetheless onto-theology ontology pagan Paris Parmenides passage phenomenology Pierre Hadot Plato Plotinian Plotinus precisely principle Proclus question Radical Orthodoxy rational Ravaisson reality reason relation religion religious Republic retrieval of Neoplatonism Saffrey Schelling sense soul speak spiritual teaching texts thematism theurgic things Thomism thought tion tonism totality tradition trans transcendence translated writes