Epistemological Fracture

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:
Epistemological Fracture

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This chapter examines the relationship between the Levinasian Other and subalternity, particularly Gayatri Spivak's treatment of the gendered subaltern. It evaluates whether Emmanuel Levinas's Other is compatible with the gendered subaltern and whether the subaltern challenges Levinas' claim to have given a first philosophy of alterity. The chapter argues that Spivak's account of the subaltern exposes Levinas's failure to think about otherness in a transnational, transcultural context.

Keywords: Levinasian Other; subalternity; Gayatri Spivak; gendered subaltern; Emmanuel Levinas

Chapter.  16298 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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