French philosopher remembered with concert and talk

French philosopher remembered with concert and talk

The life and work of French philosopher Emmanuel Levinas will be remembered next week with two events on King’s College Campus.

A talk by Professor Danielle Cohen-Levinas entitled "Levinas et Derrida: politique de l'indéconstructible" (an English translation will be provided) will take place on Monday, October 27 at 3pm in King's College Chapel.

It will be followed by a recital by Michaël Levinas, a highly distinguished pianist and composer - and Levinas's son - at 6pm in Elphinstone Hall.

Mr. Levinas will play two ballads by Chopin, material from Debussy's "Preludes", and three pieces of his own.

"Danielle Cohen-Levinas has played an important role in representing the legacy of Emmanuel Levinas's thought in Paris and has done considerable work on the important relationship between Levinas and Derrida," said Professor Fynsk, Professor of Comparative Literature and Modern Thought.

"The special expertise these two bring in the area of musical theory and performance should bring a special touch to Monday's events in memory of the contributions of Emmanuel Levinas in the areas of contemporary philosophy – particularly in ethics – and Jewish thought."

The events have been made possible by a joint effort between the Schools of Language and Literature and Divinity, History and Philosophy, with special support coming from the Judaic Studies Programme.

The two events are as follows:

  • Professor Danielle Cohen-Levinas, "Levinas et Derrida", University Chapel, 3pm, October 27
  • Michaël Levinas, Concert of Music for Solo Piano,  Elphinstone Hall, 6pm, October 27

 

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