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Incarnate Historiography and the Problem of Method

John E. Drabinski

in Levinas and the Postcolonial

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780748641031
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652617 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641031.003.0001
Incarnate Historiography and the Problem of Method

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This chapter addresses the general methodological problem of how to begin analysing Emmanuel Levinas's thinking, arguing that Levinas's thought is best understood as the deployment of a method which entwines intentionality with embodiment. It contends that if incarnate historiography undoes the centring of subjectivity, then Levinas becomes a thinker of the transnational, and also suggests that if history is written on the body, then the entangled history of transnational contact is written into the very method of the ethical.

Keywords: Emmanuel Levinas; intentionality; embodiment; incarnate historiography; subjectivity; transnational contact

Chapter.  13655 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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