Levinas, Benjamin, and the oppressed

Herzog, Annabel
August 2003
Journal of Jewish Thought & Philosophy (Routledge);Aug2003, Vol. 12 Issue 2, p123
Academic Journal
This article focuses on Emmanuel Levinas, a philosopher and Hutchens Benjamin, an author. It would be more than trite to observe that Benjamin's interest in Romanticism and Marxism does not match Levinas's phenomenological influences and that his mystical attention to Kabbalah is rejected by Levinas, who preferred Talmudic sources. The author attempts to explore this affinity, which appears in spite of the clear differences between these two thinkers. The author examines what could be called passages or correspondences in the Baudelairean sense between the thought of Benjamin and Levinas.


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