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A Jewish scholar born in Lithuania in 1906 and naturalized French in 1930, Emmanuel Levinas has signifi cantly marked contemporary thought. According to Sean Hand (1989, v), he is “one of the most profound, exacting and original philosophers of twentieth-century Europe.” Although his texts are deemed diffi cult, and resist “any quick or facile understanding” (Peperzak 1993, ix), requiring careful and thoughtful reading and a knowledge of the authors whose writings he analyzes and refers to, Levinas’s works have been the object of increasing attention among Anglophone intellectuals as more of his texts are translated.