Aspects of Alterity: Levinas, Marcel, and the Contemporary by Brian Treanor

By Brian Treanor

Any other is really different, yet no different is entirely other.This is the declare that facets of Alterity defends. taking on the query of otherness that so fascinates modern continental philosophy, this booklet asks what it potential for anything or somebody to be except the self. Levinas and people motivated through him indicate that the philosophical culture of the West has often favourite the self on the price of the opposite. this type of self-centered point of view by no means encounters the opposite qua different, even though. In reaction, postmodern notion insists at the absolute otherness of the opposite, epitomized through the deconstructive declare any other is thoroughly other.But absolute otherness generates difficulties and aporias of its personal. This has led a few thinkers to reevaluate the idea of relative otherness in mild of the postmodern critique, arguing for a chiastic account that does justice to either the alterity and the similitude of the opposite. those latter positions-absolute otherness and a rehabilitated account of relative otherness-are the most contenders within the modern debate.The philosophies of Emmanuel Levinas and Gabriel Marcel give you the element of embarkation for coming to appreciate the 2 positions in this query. Levinas and Marcel have been contemporaries whose philosophies express remarkably comparable obstacle for the opposite yet however stay essentially incompatible. therefore, those thinkers offer a remarkable representation of either the proximity of and the unbridgeable hole among debts of otherness.Aspects of Alterity delves into this debate, first so as comprehend the problems at stake in those positions and moment to figure out which description higher bills for the adventure of encountering the other.After a radical evaluation and critique of otherness in Levinas's and Marcel's paintings, together with a dialogue of the connection of moral alterity to theological assumptions, features of Alterity lines the transmission and improvement of those conceptions of otherness. Levinas's model of otherness could be noticeable within the paintings of Jacques Derrida and John D. Caputo, whereas Marcel's figuring out of otherness affects the paintings of Paul Ricoeur and Richard Kearney.Ultimately, points of Alterity makes a case for a hermeneutic account of otherness. Otherness itself isn't absolute, yet is a chiasm of alterity and similitude. adequately articulated, such an account is able to addressing the valid moral and epistemological matters that lead thinkers to construe otherness in absolute phrases, yet with no absolutely the aporiasthat accompany this kind of characterization.

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Desire is never satisfied, is not even capable of satisfaction. Unlike need, it never grasps and consumes an other that would correspond to and satiate it. An encounter with the desired other only further deepens desire. What fits this criteria, that of a desire that can never be satisfied? Only the idea of infinity. Descartes already discovered the implications of the infinite in the Third Meditation. According to Levinas, Descartes’s most significant contribution was to show, in the analysis of the infinite, the impossibility of Platonic maieutics.

16272$ $CH2 11-20-06 13:59:43 PS 35 PAGE 35 along. ’’70 I only encounter the other qua other in responsibility, and in some sense these two terms are synonymous, or perhaps simultaneous. The recognition of the other is responsibility, is ethical. It is only when I recognize my responsibility that I encounter the other as other. If I do not recognize the other qua other, I do not recognize my responsibility; if I do not recognize my responsibility, I do not see the other qua other. While we may interact with other people in manners that degrade or even kill, in doing so the face of the other is not acknowledged—it is rejected.

If this is the case, then it is clear that otherness cannot be accounted for by ontology—as otherness is not absolute for ontology and is ultimately reduced to sameness—and, if ontology cannot account for the other, it cannot be primordial. The encounter with the other who is radically other and not merely relatively other cannot be accounted for in a system of intentionality wherein noesis always 16 Aspects of Alterity ................. 16272$ $CH2 11-20-06 13:59:33 PS PAGE 16 correlates with noema.

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