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On Michael Fagenblat's A Covenant of Creatures

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  06 May 2011

Annette Aronowicz*
Affiliation:
Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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Michael Fagenblat's A Covenant of Creatures is a bold and powerful book. Given the nuanced nature of its arguments, no sooner did I think I captured his thought than I discovered that Fagenblat might also have made the opposite point. Nonetheless, a central line of argument does run through the book. My task will be to present it and also to challenge it. The best tribute to this fine work is to engage in vigorous debate about its claims.

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1. Fagenblat, Michael, A Covenant of Creatures: Levinas's Philosophy of Judaism, Cultural Memory in the Present (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2010)Google Scholar.

2. Levinas, Emmanuel, Nine Talmudic Readings, trans. Aronowicz, Annette (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1990), 48Google Scholar.

3. Levinas, Nine Talmudic Readings, 47.

4. Levinas, Emmanuel, Beyond the Verse: Talmudic Readings and Lectures, trans. Mole, Gary D. (London: Athlone Press, 1994), 191Google Scholar.

5. Levinas, Beyond the Verse, 192.

6. Ibid., 192–93.

7. Levinas, Nine Talmudic Readings, 99.

8. Ibid., 98.

9. Ibid., 98, 104.

10. Levinas, Emmanuel, Difficult Freedom: Essays on Judaism, trans. Hand, Seán (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997), 137–38Google Scholar.

11. Levinas, Beyond the Verse, 192.

12. Ibid., 193.

13. Levinas, Difficult Freedom, 109.

14. Ibid., 279.

15. Levinas, Nine Talmudic Readings, 78.

16. Ibid., 78.

17. Levinas, Difficult Freedom, 109.

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