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Emmanuel Levinas

(1906—1995)

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alterity

Overview page. Subjects: World History.

1. In postmodern, poststructuralist cultural theory, otherness or a radical sense of difference. See also other.

2. In existentialist discourse, a sense...

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Edmund Husserl

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(1859–1938)

German philosopher, logician, and founder of the modern school of phenomenology.

Born at Prossnitz (now Prostějov, in the Czech Republic), Husserl studied at...

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face

Overview page. Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies.

Emmanuel Levinas's term for the presence of the Other. It is an ambiguous concept because it simultaneously does and does not refer to actual human faces. It does refer to human faces...

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heterology

Overview page. Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies.

Traditionally the branch of philosophy concerned with the problem of the existence of the Other or ‘unknowable being’, which has been variously interpreted as referring to God (Levinas) and...

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Judith Butler

Overview page. Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies.

(1956–)

Americanfeminist philosopher and gender theorist, Butler was born in Cleveland, Ohio. She completed her PhD in the Department of Philosophy at Yale University in 1984,...

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Luce Irigaray

Overview page. Subjects: Philosophy — Literary Theory and Cultural Studies.

(1930– )

Belgian feminist theorist, whose work explored the construction of sexual difference in western philosophy and psychoanalysis. Irigaray was educated at Louvain, and taught...

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Maurice Blanchot

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(1907–2003)

Frenchphilosopher and author, Blanchot is a major figure in 20th-century French intellectual history, but one whose presence is often and perhaps deliberately hard to...

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Other

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Term intended to circumscribe other human beings, and their differences from me (or us). The otherness of other people can be underplayed, leading to charges of privileging the self or...

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phenomenology

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(fin-om-in-ol-ŏji)

the study of occurrences forming part of human experiences. Concerned with describing the facts of the immediate situation, rather than speculating about causes,...

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