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The Good of Recognition
Phenomenology, Ethics, and Religion in the Thought of Levinas and Ricoeur

By Michael Sohn

The Good of Recognition
Hardback, 172 pages $69.95
Published: 1st December 2014
ISBN: 9781481300629
Format: 9in x 6in

Subjects: All Ethics , All Philosophy, All Religious Studies

The Good of Recognition analyzes the polysemy of recognition operative in the thought of two contemporary French thinkers, Emmanuel Lévinas (1906–1995) and Paul Ricœur (1913–2005). Author Michael Sohn shows that recognition—a concept most often associated with Hegel’s works—appears prominently throughout the works of Lévinas and Ricœur, which exist at the intersection of phenomenology, ethics, politics, and religion. Sohn situates recognition in the sociopolitical context of Lévinas and Ricœur and excavates the philosophical and religious sources that undergird the two thinkers’ use of recognition before contextualizing recognition within the broader themes of their thought.

By reflecting on phenomenology, ethics, and religion in The Good of Recognition, Sohn not only shows how Lévinas and Ricœur articulated a response to the pervasive problems of nonrecognition and misrecognition in their day but also suggests how their thought can contribute to a better understanding of our contemporary social and political landscape.

1.         Situating the Concept of Recognition

2.         Emmanuel Lévinas: Recognition as Pure Sensation     

3.         Emmanuel Lévinas: A Jewish Perspective on Recognition       

4.         Paul Ricœur: Recognition as Pure and Empirical Will

5.         Paul Ricœur: A Christian Perspective on Recognition

6.         The Good of Recognition

"An erudite and impressive work of seminal scholarship, The Good of Recognition: Phenomenology, Ethics, and Religion in the Thought of Levinas and Ricoeur will prove to be an enduringly valued addition to academic library Philosophy Studies collections in general, and a critically important addition to the supplemental studies reading lists for students of the lives and works of Emmanuel Levinas and Paul Ricoeur in particular."

—John Burroughs, Midwest Book Review

"The Good of Recognition provides an excellent introduction for any reader who is approaching Levinas or Ricoeur for the first time as well as for those who are already familiar with their work but seek to understand it more deeply."

—Scott Davidson, Oklahoma City University, Philosophy in Review

“In this new and exciting book, Michael Sohn offers a fresh perspective on the concept of recognition by interfacing the ethical project of Emmanuel Lévinas with the work of Paul Ricœur. By interfacing these two figures in particular, Sohn also helps us see the similarities and differences in thinking through Christian and Jewish ethics, an important relation for both thinkers but certainly for readers of Emmanuel Lévinas. His book is a significant contribution to the secondary literature not only on Levinas and Ricœur, but also to those working thematically on recognition—including Hegel scholars, scholars working on psychoanalysis, and feminist theorists.”

—Claire Katz, Professor of Philosophy and Women's and Gender Studies, Texas A&M University

"A valuable reference tool for Lévinas and Ricoeur studies, especially those that focus on the phenomenology, religious thought, ethics, or politics of these two men."

—Levi Checketts, Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics

"Michael Sohn makes a significant contribution to the contemporary debates in philosophy of religion and political philosophy while pushing them in important new directions, impressively offering an account of recognition that is both theologically sophisticated and also historically aware. This book demonstrates that sophisticated work in continental philosophy can still be clear, lucid, and convincing."

—J. Aaron Simmons, Associate Professor of Philosphy, Furman University  

"Sohn’s work is ambitious, but it achieves its ambition in an intellectual tour de force. His reading is nearly exhaustive and explicated with laudable clarity."

—Sean Lawrence, Continental Philosophical Review

Michael Sohn is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Comparative Religion at Cleveland State University.

Publication Details:

 Hardback , 172 pages
 9in x 6in

  PHI018000, PHI026000, REL028000, REL051000
 Baylor University Press

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