Heterological History

Edith Wyschogrod

in Crossover Queries

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780823226061
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235148 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Heterological History

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In The Ethics of Remembering, Edith Wyschogrod applies the familiar postmodernist concept of “heterology”—the study of otherness or “alterity”—to the philosophy of history. This chapter presents her conversation with Carl Raschke, in which they explore the notion of “heterological history” in relationship to a variety of contemporary philosophical and theological themes. Two directions occur to Wyschogrod. First, there is the character of the past itself. Wyschogrod claims that the past is “an unsurpassable negation” that can never be brought back materially, so that there is an apophasis belonging to the past that cannot be overcome. Yet second, the past is transmitted via language and image. So the past is a secret in the Derridean sense. However, this secret begs to be revealed.

Keywords: Edith Wyschogrod; otherness; alterity; philosophy of history; Carl Raschke; heterological history; past; negation; apophasis

Chapter.  4930 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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