The dichotomy of Self and Other: Some considerations

Mícheál Ó hAodha

in ‘Insubordinate Irish’

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780719083044
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702437 | DOI:
The dichotomy of Self and Other: Some considerations

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This chapter presents an examination of Traveller alterity. It briefly describes the philosophical possibilities that exist for a movement beyond the ‘politics of difference’ as it currently stands and the potential for a new theoretic dualism of Self/Other. The chapter discusses Jacques Derrida's notion of différance as a roadmap for future theoretical engagement with the concept of the ‘Other’. Derrida's deconstruction encompassed in his concept of différance represents an effort to explore an otherness that appears on the margins, or outside, of traditional philosophical reason. Différance as theorised by Derrida has a positive and disseminating dynamic because it resists the order and stability that the logos requires and rebels against all those forces of homogenisation which try to impose or uphold a centred authority. Through language it is possible for an ethical dialogue to exist between Self and Other, a hermeneutic retrieval of the Self through the odyssey of Otherness.

Keywords: Traveller alterity; Self; Other; Jacques Derrida; différance; Otherness; ethical dialogue

Chapter.  4680 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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