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The Foreign, the Uncanny, and the Foreigner: Concepts of the Self and the Other in Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Philosophy

Rudi Visker

in A Time for the Humanities

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780823229192
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235063 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823229192.003.0008
The Foreign, the Uncanny, and the Foreigner: Concepts of the Self and the Other in Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Philosophy

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This chapter examines the effects of uncanny heteronomy for the politics of cosmopolitanism. It takes issue with the common assumption that recognizing foreignness inside the self leads to improved relations among people of different races and ethnicities. A psychoanalytic politics that would acknowledge the necessity of “framing” or “stage-ing” the self's relation to its own foreignness as a means of containing that destructiveness is proposed to respond to a certain problem wherein it mentions that the cosmopolitan ideal of mutual respect between self and foreigner misconstrues the constitutive hostility between the self and its own internal foreignness.

Keywords: heteronomy; cosmopolitanism; foreignness; framing; stage-ing; self; foreigner

Chapter.  5899 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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