Welcome to the webpages of the North American Levinas Society. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the North American Levinas Society (NALS) rescheduled its 2020 and 2021 summer conferences.
Previous conference plans for the “Solidarity and Community” conference, hosted in Vermont, have been postponed until summer 2021. For more information, click on the links below.
In the wake of our successful 2020 conference hosted through Zoom, the NALS is excited to host a set of stand-alone Digital Workshops that feature a panel on a particular topic, discussion on a particular essay, or exegesis on a short work by Levinas. Each of these limited sessions will last two hours.
For September 2020, we will convene to discuss Sandor Goodhartʼs essay, "Back to the Garden." Read Professor Goodhartʼs essay in advance, and join us on Sunday, September 13. The Zoom waiting room opens at 11:30a (EST, UTC-4), and the workshop will start at 12:00p. 
To register, click here. Also, enjoy Dr. Goodhartʼs joke!
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Environmental Philosophy

Vol. 13, Issue 1 | Spring 2016


"On Becoming Human in Lingít Aaní: Encountering Levinas Through Indigenous Inspirations"

Sol Neely, Univ. of Alaska

Political Phenomenology

Vol. 84 of Contributions to Phenomenology | June 2016

​​"Political Phenomenology: John Wild and Emmanuel Levinas on the Political"

Richard Sugarman, Univ. of Vermont

Featured Resources

On "Ethics as First Philosophy" (1984). More existentialist ethics, with a Jewish twist this time! Seth rejoins Mark and Wes to discuss this difficult essay, with a bit of "Time and the Other" (1948) and "There Is: Existence Without Existents" (1946) thrown in, too.



Episode 145 |22 Aug 2016

"Emmanuel Levinas: Why Be Ethical? (Part One)"

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The Midrashic Impulse and the Contemporary Literary Response to Trauma


December 2017

Monica Osborne

This study explores what it means for the world of literature to renounce the language of representation and retain the language of witness. Drawing on the work of Emmanuel Levinas, Maurice Blanchot, Geoffrey Hartman, and others the book focuses on the increasing tendency of contemporary writers to rely on non-representational approaches to storytelling in the context of trauma. This tendency is named the “midrashic impulse”...

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Sandor Goodhart

Möbian Nights: Reading Literature and Darkness 


August 2017

Challenging customary “aesthetic” assumptions that we write in order not to die, Sandor Goodhart suggests (with Kafka) we write to die. Drawing upon analyses developed by Girard, Foucault, Blanchot, and Levinas (along with examples from Homer to Beckett), Möbian Nights proposes that all literature works “autobiographically”, which is to say, in the wake of disaster; with the credo “I died; therefore, I am”...

Updated 7 September 2020

by Sol Neely