Being, the Other, the Stranger


in Phenomenologies of the Stranger

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780823234615
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240722 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Being, the Other, the Stranger

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How does the stranger enter into philosophy? What permits us in the first place to affirm that the philosopher necessarily encounters the question of the stranger? In twentieth-century philosophy, one frequently encounters the suspicion that “philosophy” — that is, a discursive practice born in a specific culture and historical age — falls prey to an “ethnocentrism” and a “logocentrism” that are radically incapable of recognizing the stranger as such. In a subtle interweaving between the categories of Being and the Other, this chapter explores four ways of rethinking the stranger from the perspective of anthropology, ontology, ethics, and poetics. In their work on Being and the Other, both Emmanuel Levinas and Martin Heidegger ask us to pose the question, “What is called thinking?” This chapter argues that between these two philosophers, we can find a middle way via poetic phenomenology. The poetics of Antigone provides a thread leading us through the portal of the uncanny.

Keywords: Being; Other; philosophy; Antigone; poetics; uncanny; stranger; Emmanuel Levinas; Martin Heidegger; phenomenology

Chapter.  7261 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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