1906 – Born on the 122th of January in Kaunas, Lithuania.
1924 – Levinas began his philosophical studies at Strasbourg University, where he began his lifelong friendship with the French philosopher Maurice Blanchot.
1928 – He went to Freiburg University to study phenomenology under Edmund Husserl.
1930 – Levinas became a naturalized French citizen.
1940 – His military unit was quickly surrounded and forced to surrender. Levinas spent the rest of World War II as a prisoner of war in a camp near Hannover in Germany.
1947 – His book De l’Existence à l’Existent.
1950 – Levinas emerged from the circle of intellectuals surrounding Jean Wahl as a leading French thinker.
1961 – He began teaching at the University of Poitiers.
– Wrote "Totality and Infinity".
1967 – The Nanterre campus of the University of Paris.
1973 – The Sorbonne.
1995 – Died on the 25th of December in Paris.