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By Edith Wyschogrod

Emmanuel Levinas recounts the most occasions of his lifestyles in a short essay, "Signature," appended to a set of essays on social, political and non secular subject matters entitled Dillicile Uberti. He used to be born in I905 in Lithu­ ania and in I9I7, whereas residing within the Ukraine, skilled the cave in of the previous regime in Russia. In I923 he got here to the college of Strasbourg the place Charles Blondel, Halbwachs, Pradines, Carteron and later Gueroult have been instructing. He was once deeply stimulated via these of his lecturers who have been teenagers in the course of the time of the Dreyfus affair and for whom this factor assumed severe significance. carrying on with his experiences at Freiburg from I928-I929, he served an apprenticeship in phenomenology with Jean Hering. next encounters with Leon Brunschwicg and normal conversations with Gabriel Marcel served to tell apart, to sharpen and convey into the foreground, his personal specified viewpoint. He additionally attests an extended friendship with Jean Wahl. To­ gether with Henri Nerson he undertook a examine of Talmudic assets less than the suggestions of a instructor who communicated the normal Jewish mode of exegesis. it truly is no twist of fate that Levinas starts off his autobiographical account, that's certainly not more than a spare define of occasions and formative affects, with the knowledge that the Hebrew Bible directed his considering from the time of his earliest baby­ hood in Lithuania.

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Kockelmans, Phenomenology (New York: Double- day, 1967), p. 98. HUSSERL AND THE PROBLEM OF ONTOLOGY 31 selves in identical terms. Psychologism is the consequence of the naturalization of ideas. 19 Levinas claims that only a new understanding of the mode of existence of consciousness has enabled Husserl to escape from this dilemma. In what sense is consciousness understood as naturalized consciousness? It is assumed that the same categories which apply to the being of nature - time, space, causality - also apply to consciousness.

3 1 DL, pp. 323-324, English translation by William Canavan, "Signature," PhilOSOPhy Today, vol. 10, no. I (Spring 1966), p. 31. 2 TIPH. 3 TIPH, p. IS. , tr. James M. Edie (Chicago: HUSSERL AND THE PROBLEM OF ONTOLOGY 27 PHENOMENOLOGICAL METHOD AND ONTOLOGY In Ideas Husserl claims that transcendental phenomenology is concerned with the constitution of the world for pure consciousness. Husserl adds that this introduces a genuinely philosophical "dimension" into phenomenological thought. 4 . Phenomenology as revelation of beings is a method 01 the revelation 01 their revelation.

P. 76. p. 78. pp. 74f. EARLY THEMES 25 intentions for these activities or is he maintaining that intention, which is an activity like the aforementioned activities, belongs strictly to those operations in which distancing of the subject from the given is involved? One thing, however, is clear. Levinas' approach to world as world even in his early writings will have significant repercussions from the theological standpoint, a standpoint which underlies his later thought. The world of the everyday is not a fallen world.

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