“An Almost Unheard-of <i>Analogy</i>”

Kas Saghafi

in Apparitions—Of Derrida's Other

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780823231621
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235094 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

“An Almost Unheard-of                 Analogy”

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This chapter suggests that from very early on (certainly as early as 1964, perhaps even earlier), what has been at work in Jacques Derrida's writings is a sophisticated notion of the other (l'autre) that needs to be distinguished from that of his contemporaries. Always written in the lower case, the other, for Derrida, can designate the alterity of Autrui, as well as encompassing what has traditionally been understood as a formal or logical sense of alterity (for example, in the Hegelian and Husserlian sense) without being reduced to it. Echoing the concerns of “Violence and Metaphysics: An Essay on the Thought of Emmanuel Levinas”, Derrida's l'autre combines the features of the absolutely other and the alter ego, thus yoking the Hebraic and Hellenic while keeping each heterogeneous.

Keywords: l'autre; other; sense; alterity; Emmanuel Levinas; alter ego

Chapter.  9725 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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