Derrida, Jacques (Author) & Brault, Pascale-Anne & Naas, Michael (translators). ADIEU: TO EMMANUEL LEVINAS. 1999. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 156 pages. Fine/Fine.

Collection of essays on ethics. His definitive statement on the subject, this is one of Jacques Derrida's greatest achievements. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a very small and limited first print run as part of Stanford University's legendary "Meridian Crossing" Series and as a hardcover original only. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Jacques Derrida's ethics, inspired and moved by Emmanuel Levinas' exemplary personal life and philosophy on the profound implications of the "face-to-face" encounter. "Contains the speech given by Derrida at Emmanuel Levinas' funeral on December 27, 1995 and his contribution to a colloquium organized to mark the first anniversary of Levinas' death. For both thinkers, the word 'adieu' names a fundamental characteristic of human being: The salutation or benediction prior to all constative language (in certain circumstances, one can say adieu at the moment of meeting) and that given at the moment of separation, sometimes forever, as at the moment of death, it is also a-Dieu, for God or to God before and in any relation to the other. Extends his work on Levinas in previously unexplored directions via a radical re-reading of 'Totality and Infinity' and other texts, including the lesser-known talmudic readings. He argues that Levinas bequeaths to us an 'immense treatise of hospitality', a meditation on the welcome offered to the other. The conjunction of an ethics of pure prescription with the idea of an infinite and absolute hospitality confronts us with the most pressing political, juridical, and institutional concerns of our time. What is an ethics of hospitality? As always, Derrida raises these questions in the most explicit of terms, moving back and forth between philosophical argument and the political discussion of immigration laws, peace, the state of Israel, xenophobia, reminding us with every move that thinking is not a matter of neutralizing abstraction but a gesture of hospitality for what happens and still may happen" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Jacques Derrida and Emmanuel Levinas collectors. This title is a great book. This is one of very few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. One of the greatest philosophers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JACQUES DERRIDA TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0804732671. $50.00

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