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The Philosophical Sense of Transcendence
Levinas and Plato on Loving Beyond Being
Sarah Allen




Duquesne
2009 • 334 pp. 6 x 9"
Philosophy / Phenomenology / Philosophy - Criticism

$30.00 Paperback, 978-0-8207-0422-7



“Allen’s study is written in an exceptionally clear and lucid style. . . . It is quite rare, nowadays, to find studies which hold together in this fashion... [continued in Reviews below]”—Symposium

What is the philosophical sense of transcendence? What meaning can transcendence have in philosophy? What direction, organization, and order might it give to philosophy? And how does transcendence transform or inspire philosophical thinking?

Sarah Allen confronts these questions as she explores Emmanuel Levinas's approach to transcendence, which is set within a phenomenological context. Levinas seeks an approach that does not subordinate transcendence to the self-referential activities of human consciousness, and which does not simply fall into ontotheological, metaphysical language about God.

Looking for the philosophical sense of transcendence, Allen asserts, requires not only a questioning into transcendence, but a questioning of philosophy itself. Any reflection on human affectivity brings us up to the limits of philosophical thought and suggests that there are senses to transcendence that will always escape formulation in philosophical language.

Reviews / Endorsements

“Allen’s study is written in an exceptionally clear and lucid style. . . . It is quite rare, nowadays, to find studies which hold together in this fashion. Even rarer is it to find an author who can present the Platonic, phenomenological, and religious influences on Levinas in such a competent fashion.” —Symposium

“Allen’s book is an ambitious and challenging one, outlining a strong overall interpretation of Levinas on erotic love, religion and transcendence. It contains numerous helpful and illuminating interpretations of Levinas’s texts and of the relation of Levinas's ideas on the book’s topics to Plato’s. . . . Overall, The Philosophical Sense of Transcendence is an important contribution to the ongoing discussion of how Levinas’s work relates to Plato’s.” —Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews



SARAH ALLEN is assistant professor of philosophy at Concordia University, where she specializes in twentieth century continental philosophy, ethics, metaphysics, philosophy of religion, and Plato.



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