Encountering the Modern Subject in Levinas (Yale French by Leora Batnitzky

By Leora Batnitzky

Thomas Trezise: Editor's Preface; Leora Batnitzky: Encountering the fashionable topic in Levinas; Samuel Moyn: Transcendence, Morality, and historical past: Emmanuel Levinas and the invention of Soren Kierkegaard in France; Alain Toumayan: "I greater than the others": Dostoevsky and Levinas; Luce Irigary: What different Are We speaking About?; Paul Ricoeur: differently: A analyzing of Emmanuel Levinas's another way than Being or past Essence; Philippe Crignon: Figuration: Emmanuel Levinas and the picture; Edith Wyschogrod: Levinas's different and the tradition of the replica

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God has willed that Holy Writ accommodates itself to our understanding and senses, especially in those things, which have to do with nature and with things visible. This is clear from the bodily members attributed to God, such as feet, shoulders, ears, eyes, a thigh, and wings. And I do not see why we should not be able to determine whether those xxxii  places of Scripture which affirm that the earth stands still, where the issue has not been settled by the Church, are to be understood literally .

I am sure that you know that Galileo was recently reprimanded by the Inquisitors of the Faith, and that his views about the movement of the earth were condemned as heretical. Now I must confess to you that all the things I set out to explain in my treatise, which included the doctrine of the movement of the earth, were so interdependent that it is enough to discover that one of them is false to know that all the arguments I was using are unsound. Though I was of the opinion that they were supported by very certain and uncontrovertible proofs, I would not wish, for anything in the world, to maintain them against the authority of the Church.

Further, you will find fault with no one or accuse no one. You will do nothing against your will. No one will hurt you, you will have no enemies, and you not be harmed. Such a philosophy of self-sufficiency was popularized in France in lii  the years following its calamitous religious wars by such writers as Guillaume Du Vair (–), who translated Epictetus into French, and whose frequently reprinted book On Constancy () aspires to reconcile ancient Stoicism with Christianity, and stresses the importance of controlling the will and developing a personal philosophy as an antidote to the vicissitudes of fortune, the evils of the times, and the uncertainty of happiness.

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