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Broken Tablets: Levinas, Derrida, and the Literary Afterlife of Religion

Sarah Hammerschlag


Over a span of thirty years, twentieth-century French philosophers Emmanuel Levinas and Jacques Derrida held a conversation across texts. Sharing a Jewish heritage and a background in phenomenology, both came to situate their work at the margins of philosophy, articulating this placement through religion and literature. Chronicling the interactions between these thinkers, Sarah Hammerschlag argues that the stakes in their respective positions were more than philosophical. They were also political. Levinas’s investments were born out in his writings on Judaism and ultimately in an evolving conv ... More

Keywords: Emmanuel Levinas, Jacques Derrida, Religion, Literature, Philosophy, French Thought

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780231170598
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231170598.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Hammerschlag, author
University of Chicago Divinity School