Emmanuel Levinas

“French philosopher Emmanuel Levinas’s thinking on art goes to the very heart of the debate concerning the possibility  of “thinking (or expressing/expressive) pictures”. Knowing whether or not art can give things a face would enable us to ascertain whether images are capable of exceeding themselves – of “articulating” a text, “uttering” a speech, or even “thinking” a thought. In this essay, I attempt to answer this question by way of a critical analysis of two of Levinas’s pivotal essays on art: (1) “Reality and its Shadows” (1948); and (2) “The Transcendence of Words” (1949)…Full Text