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Concluding Remarks

Christopher Watkin

in Phenomenology or Deconstruction?

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780748637591
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671847 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637591.003.0008
Concluding Remarks

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This concluding section returns to the three sets of questions detailed in the introduction: the relation between phenomenology and deconstruction, the problem of alterity and coherence, and the possibility of thinking ontology ‘otherwise’. It is first argued that these three questions cannot be adequately treated separately, after which attention is drawn to the way that Merleau-Ponty, Ricœur, Nancy and Derrida all shift the emphasis of ontological questions from ‘what’ to ‘that’ and, in a parallel move, from the constative to the interrogative. The chapter concludes that there are resources in the phenomenological tradition for responding persuasively to deconstructive questioning, provided that an indirect, oblique approach is taken to the question of ontology, an approach characterised in the concluding paragraphs as phenomenology dancing with its own shadow.

Keywords: Alterity; Coherence; Phenomenology; Deconstruction; Ontology

Chapter.  3251 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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