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COVID-19 Pandemic Update

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the North American Levinas Society (NALS) will reschedule its 2020 and 2021 summer conferences.
Previous conference plans for the “Solidarity and Community” conference, hosted in Vermont, have been postponed until summer 2021.
In the interim, members of the NALS Board of Directors will organize a 2020 conference to be broadcast and shared by remote video with synchronous and asynchronous components. All are invited to submit proposals for our NALS 2020 video-conference.
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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 5 June 2018

by Sol Neely

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