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Why is this E-book double the price?
This book which I own in paperback form, is more than simply word play and nuance. It provides the clues overlooked by our dependence on external ontology provided
by the same. It gives us a bridge to approach the other and not to attempt its consumption. However, why the E-book cost double the price of the paperback is beyond me. This is a crime. It is by its economic justifications keeping this and other great works at arms length from the rest of the world. 5 stars for the book. None for the publishers ignorant decision. 

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Levinas' difficult prose withstanding, this work promises to be of enormous value to serious thinkers struggling with the present and difficult situation of Ethics. If one wants to receive the full benefit of this work, or if one is concerned to have every element of it shine through in the most transparent way, it would require a familiarity with not just Levinas' own Talmudic background and his love of the community of the text, but further, a working knowledge of the various systems of thinking of the Western Philosophical Tradition, from Plato to Descartes, Kant, Hegel, Feuerbach, Marx, Nietzsche, Büber, Husserl, and Heidegger (just to name a number of those that I now recall as represented). These are Levinas' primary conversational partners in discussing the phenomenal character of Ethics, in relation to Heidegger (if nothing else, Heidegger's "Being and Time" provides perhaps the most important recent impetus for Levinas' work). But supposing even that one lacks the technical philosophical background this book everywhere signals, one cannot but help be deeply affected by it, if only by simply attending with great care to the enigmatic language of Levinas, the "other" that points us to the critical question of Ethics. 

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This work of Levinas is one that transcends our conventional way of looking at things especially that which we prioritize in life. While Western thought dominated our philosophical perception of what reality is, Levinas presents a "less ontological" manner of viewing it by making use of his life's experience and brilliance.  

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