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Conversations with Emmanuel Levinas, 1983-1994

Joshua Shaw reflects on a new collection of essays and interviews
Michaël de Saint Cheron, Conversations with Emmanuel Levinas, 1983-1994
Translated by Gary D. Mole
The excellent Continental Philosophy has drawn my attention to a recent piece in the Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews. Joshua Shaw of Penn State Erie weighs in on Michaël de Saint Cheron's Conversations with Emmanuel Levinas, 1983-1994, and discovers that, despite a somewhat misleading title, it has 'several qualities to recommend it':
Michaël de Saint Cheron’s Conversations with Emmanuel Levinas, 1983-1994 (hereafter Conversations), is a somewhat misleadingly titled new publication from Duquesne University Press. The book’s title makes it sound as though it is a collection of interviews between Levinas and Saint Cheron, a scholar who has published works on Augustin Malroux and Elie Wiesel and who participated in Levinas’s lessons at the École normal israélite orientale from 1983 onward. However, Saint Cheron’s interviews compose only a small part of the book, which also contains four essays on Levinas and an extended essay on Yom Kippur, atonement, and forgiveness. The fact that these interviews constitute a small part of the book will be a disappointment for some. However, Conversations has several qualities to recommend it, both as a study of Levinas’s philosophy as well as a work of Jewish philosophy in its own right. [Read more]