The Camden Philosophical Society’s 2016 Film, Lecture, and Discussion Series concludes Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. with a screening of “Absent God: Emmanuel Levinas and the Humanism of the Other” (2015, France/Israel/Belgium) in the Picker Room of Camden Public Library. Admission is free and open to the public.

The philosopher Emmanuel Levinas merged the experience of the Holocaust with Talmudic wisdom and contemporary Western philosophy. Ron Yoram’s 68-minute film explores Levinas’ notion of the face-to-face encounter. Inspired by modern philosophy and ancient Jewish texts, Levinas developed the  “humanism of the other,” in which people are called to listen to “the silent word of the human face.”

This film juxtaposes the philosophy of Levinas with the Israeli reality of 2012, where seculars and religious, Muslims and Jews, poor and rich, live in a permanent conflict. The narrative is constructed around interviews with prominent philosophers in France and Israel, brought to the screen with archival footage from the 20th century.