Encountering the Other: The Artwork and the Problem of Difference in Blanchot and LevinasAlain P. Toumayan $23.50
Published in 2004 | 230 pages | paper | ISBN: 978-0-8207-0348-0
“Alain Toumayan's Encountering the Other is a superb introduction to the thematics of difference that serves as a connecting element running from Heidegger through Levinas to Blanchot.” — Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
“[Toumayan] manages to trace those labyrinths in a manner that is both lucid and compelling, never uselessly reductive, and admirably faithful to the complexity of thought that animates them.” — French Forum "
Two of the most creative and compelling thinkers of the second half of the twentieth century, Maurice Blanchot and Emmanuel Levinas, first encountered each other in the 1920s and began a friendship that was to span over seven decades. Their subsequent exchanges of ideas and shared concerns, as well as their significant differences and influence on one another, have profound implications for the work of each. Encountering the Other represents the most sustained analysis to date of the intersections of structure and content in Blanchot and Levinas's most representative and complex works.
ALAIN P. TOUMAYAN is director of the Program in Philosophy and Literary Studies at the University of Notre Dame, as well as an associate professor in the Romance Languages & Literary Studies Department. His previous publications include Literary Generations and La Littérature et la hantise du Mal: Lectures de Barbey d'Aurevilly, Huysmans et Baudelaire.