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Levinas and James: Toward a Pragmatic Phenomenology
Bringing to light new facets in the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas and William James, Megan Craig explores intersections between French phenomenology and American pragmatism. Craig demonstrates the radical empiricism of Levinasís philosophy and the ethical implications of Jamesís pluralism while illuminating their relevance for two philosophical disciplines that have often held each other at armís length. Revealing the pragmatic minimalism in Levinasís work and the centrality of imagery in Jamesís prose, she suggests that aesthetic links are crucial to understanding what they share. Craigís suggestive readings change current perceptions and clear a path for a more open, pluralistic, and creative pragmatic phenomenology that takes cues from both philosophers. Megan Craig is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Art at Stony Brook University. She is also an artist and has exhibited her work internationally. Series: American Philosophy Distribution: World Publication date: 10/1/2010 Format: cloth 276 pages, 5 b&w illus., 6 x 9 x .75, unjacketed library edition ISBN-13: 978-0-253-35534-8