Born into a Lithuanian-Jewish family in 1906, Levinas studied philosophy in Germany in the 1920s under the phenomenologists Husserl and Heidegger. Levinas is responsible for the introduction of Phenomenology into France. In the 1930s he became a French citizen, and served in the French Army during World War II. Captured by the Germans, he spent the rest of the war in an army prison camp. The experience of the Nazi horror and the Holocaust colors all of his subsequent work, which lead to Levinas' belief that "ethics," as he puts it, "is first philosophy." For Levinas, the relation of the individual to The Other is philosophy's primary concern. Along with his teaching and writing in philosophy, Levinas was also a talmudic scholar.
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Selected Works by Levinas