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It's not about the gift

from givenness to loving

Anthony Steinbock

While taking up the key figures in the discussion (Heidegger, Derrida, Marion, Henry, Maimonides), Steinbock proposes the following: that these discussions of the gift are really not about the gift. He demonstrates, through critical interpretations and phenomenological analyses, how the gift only becomes meaningful in the context of interpersonal loving. The gift is not the point: “it’s not about the gift”. The gift becomes most fully what it is, following Maimonides, in participating with others toward their liberation. The pointis the interpersonal relation of lover to beloved, which allows the gift to appear.

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141713
Rowman & Littlefield
London
2018
156 pages
ISBN 978-1-78660-825-3