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 Levinas's philosophy and the ethical implications of James's pluralism while illuminating their relevance for two philosophical disciplines that have often held each other at arm's length. Revealing the pragmatic minimalism in Levinas's work and the centrality of imagery in James's prose, she suggests that aesthetic links are crucial to understanding what they share. Craig's suggestive readings change current perceptions and clear a path for a more open, pluralistic, and creative pragmatic phenomenology that takes cues from both philosophers.
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[This] book is recommended for anyone interested in a new reading of Levinas as well as the benefit of applying pragmatism to phenomenology.~American Journal of Theology and Philosophy
Craig's book is most welcome, as it puts James into conversation with one of the most important continental (post-)phenomenological thinkers of the twentieth century, Emmanuel Levinas. These two philosophers might seem to be very different, and their divergences in writing styles, for instance, cannot be denied; yet, Craig shows convincingly that they do share a number of important ideas, many of which should make us rethink the very nature of ethics (and philosophy).~Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society
Thoughtful, imaginative, and probing.~Vincent Colapietro, Pennsylvania State University
In bringing together the work of Levinas and William James, it opens a new discussion in the scholarship of both.~John Lysaker, Emory University