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Forgiving Heidegger

Nathan Goldman

Illustration (detail) by Shay Colley/The Architectural Review; courtesy of the artist.

Is forgiveness possible?

In 1963, at a colloquium in Paris dedicated to the subject of forgiveness, the philosopher Emmanuel Levinas presented the first in what would become a regular series of analyses of Talmudic texts. Later published under the title “Toward the Other,” Levinas’s remarks begin with introductory comments on method and on the meaning of forgiveness and atonement in the Jewish tradition and proceed to an explication of his chosen Talmudic text. But near the end of his observations, things get personal.

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