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On history and salvation in Emmanuel Levinas and Ernst Bloch

Salomon J. Terreblanche
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 64, No 2 | a53 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v64i2.53 | © 2008 Salomon J. Terreblanche | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 January 2008 | Published: 14 January 2008

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Salomon J. Terreblanche, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

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Abstract

This article explores the tension between history and salvation as theme in contemporary social and humanist philosophy. Special reference is made to Emmanuel Levinas’ work in order to delineate the scope of the questions involved, and to critically elucidate the position on history, death and hope in new-Marxist philosopher Ernst Bloch. The article then illuminates Levinas’ phenomenological account of fecundity, parenthood, patience and institutional justice as hopeful moments that are contained in his philosophy on history

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