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Four: Plot and Intrigue: From Being's Other to the “Otherwise than Being” (Language, Ethics, Poetic anguage in Levinas)

Gabriel Riera

in Intrigues

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print February 2006 | ISBN: 9780823226719
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235315 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823226719.003.0005
Four: Plot and Intrigue: From Being's Other to the             “Otherwise than Being” (Language, Ethics, Poetic anguage in             Levinas)

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This chapter examines the view of Emmanuel Levinas on the poetic language, ethics and the possibility of writing the other as such. Levinas' works suggest that the interruption of the subject's power is a precondition for welcoming the other. However, this should not be taken as a resolution willfully taken by a free and autonomous subject because writing the other will be impossible if the point of departure or focus is an ego or consciousness. And even if the power of consciousness is to be relinquished, there will still be something that resists comprehension.

Keywords: Emmanuel Levinas; the other; writing; poetic language; ethics; consciousness

Chapter.  8139 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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