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Sunday July 16

7:00-9:00pm pre-seminar gathering at Anchor Bar, 4300 Maple Rd., Amherst, NY (


Monday July 17

9:30am registration, complete forms

  1. 10:00am-12:00noon

Brief Introductions of participants

Introductory lecture, Richard A. Cohen: “What is Easy and What is Difficult in Levinas”

12-1:30pm lunch

  1. 1:30-3:00pm: Peter Giannopoulos, Michael Strawser, Christopher C Buckman

Levinas, Totality and Infinity, Preface, 21-30.

III. 3:30-5:30pm: Brock Bahler, Steven M Larocco, Kimberly Maslin

Continuing reading


Tuesday July 18

  1. 10:00am – 12 noon: Gabriel R. Ricci, Robert P Ramos, Tyler Tritten

Levinas, “The Rights of Man and the Rights of the Other,” Outside the Subject, 116-125; 167.

12 – 1:30pm lunch

  1. 1:30 – 3:00pm: Martin Shuster, Claire Steele LeBeau, Timothy Rothhaar
  2. 3:30 – 5:30pm: Mindi R McMann, Yue Jennifer Wang, Ashley Carson Barnes

Continue morning reading)


Wednesday July 19

VII. 10:00am – 12 noon: Elliot Ratzman, Christopher C Buckman, Gabriel R. Ricci

Levinas, “The State of Caesar and the State of David,” Beyond the Verse, 177-188; 216-217.

12 – 1:30pm lunch

1:30pm – 7:00pm Niagara Falls


Thursday July 20

VIII. 10:0am – 12 noon: Claire Steele LeBeau, Steven M Larocco, Peter Giannopoulos

Levinas, “The Awakening of the I,” & “In the Name of the Other,” Is it Righteous to Be?, 182-199, 296.

12 – 1:30pm lunch

  1. 1:30 – 5:30pm: Michael Strawser, Brock Bahler, Yue Jennifer Wang
  2. 3:30 – 5:30pm: Kimberly Maslin, Timothy Rothhaar, Ashley Carson Barnes

Continue morning reading


Friday July 21

  1. 10:00 – 12 noon: Martin Shuster, Elliot Ratzman, Robert P Ramos

Levinas, “Ideology and Idealism,” Levinas Reader, 235-248; “Useless Suffering,” Entre Nous, 101.

12 – 1:30pm lunch

XII. 1:30 – 3:00pm: Tyler Tritten, Mindi R McMann

Levinas, “Outside,” Otherwise than Being or Beyond Essence, 175-185.

XIII. 3:30 – 5:30pm

Concluding remarks.

6:30pm Farewell Dinner (location TBA)


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Required Readings selected from volumes by Levinas:

Totality and Infinity (Lingis translation)
Preface, Sections I, II, III, 21-247

Otherwise than Being or Beyond Essence (Lingis translation)
Ch. V, sections:
“3. From Saying to the Said, or The Wisdom of Desire,”
“4. Sense and the There Is,”
“5. Skepticism and Reason,” 151-171
Chapter VI, “Outside,” 175-185

Is it Righteous to Be? (editor Robbins)
“The Awakening of the I,” 182-187, 296
“In the Name of the Other,” 188-199, 296

Outside the Subject (Smith translation)
“The Rights of Man and the Rights of the Other,” 116-125, 167

Beyond the Verse (Mole translation)
“The State of Caesar and the State of David,” 177-188, 216-217
“Politics After!,” 188-195, 217

The Levinas Reader (editor Hand)
15.  “Ideology and Idealism,” 235-248
16.  selections from Difficult Freedom, 249-266
17.  selections on Zionism,  283-288
18.   selections on Ethics and Politics, 289-297

Each participant will receive a complimentary copy of Richard A. Cohen, Out of Control: Confrontations between Spinoza and Levinas (2016)
See especially:
“Introduction,” 1-30
Chapter 4. “Levinas and Spinoza: Justice and the State,” 103-118

Disclaimer: Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.