Chapter

The Uncertainty Principle

Mark C. Taylor

in Saintly Influence

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230877
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235612 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823230877.003.0002

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

The Uncertainty Principle

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This chapter outlines the issues that animate Wyschogrod's writings as a whole. It contends that Wyschogrod developed an account of “saintly influence” that is unable to influence much of anything at all. Wyschogrod's Levinasian desire to protect the alterity of the other person leads her to argue that the other person not be conceptually grasped in normative structures. Yet while this maximization of difference may have been an appropriate and needed riposte to 20th-century realities and technologies, the information culture that has grown by leaps and bounds in this century requires an “ethic of relation” that allows different agents to network together, and influence both each other and the network as a whole.

Keywords: Edith Wyschogrod; saintly influence; ethic of relation; influence; normative structures

Chapter.  4962 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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