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Welcome to the webpages of the North American Levinas Society. 

The North American Levinas Society (NALS) 2021 International Conference, “Solidarity and Community,” will take place
July 26th-29th, 2021 online via zoom. 

The synchronous conference will meet from 11:00a - 4:30p EST, (UTC-4) daily.

This conference will draw on the teaching and writing of Emmanuel Levinas to explore the meaning of community and what it means to live in solidarity with one another.


The 2021 conference features 48 presentations from presenters around the world.


There will be one book session with Annabel Herzog, highlighting her newly published book on Levinas, with responses from Deborah Achtenberg and Martin Shuster.


There will be two Keynote Addresses, by Richard Sugarman and by Helen Douglas.

Recent Articles
& Resources
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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 21 July 2021

by Sol Neely

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