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Gabriel Riera

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780823226719

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823226719.001.0001

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Four: Plot and Intrigue: From Being's Other to the “Otherwise than Being” (Language, Ethics, Poetic anguage in Levinas)

Four: Plot and Intrigue: From Being's Other to the “Otherwise than Being” (Language, Ethics, Poetic anguage in Levinas)

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(p.85) Four: Plot and Intrigue: From Being's Other to the “Otherwise than Being” (Language, Ethics, Poetic anguage in Levinas)
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Intrigues
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Gabriel Riera

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823226719.003.0005

This chapter examines the view of Emmanuel Levinas on the poetic language, ethics and the possibility of writing the other as such. Levinas' works suggest that the interruption of the subject's power is a precondition for welcoming the other. However, this should not be taken as a resolution willfully taken by a free and autonomous subject because writing the other will be impossible if the point of departure or focus is an ego or consciousness. And even if the power of consciousness is to be relinquished, there will still be something that resists comprehension.

Keywords:   Emmanuel Levinas, the other, writing, poetic language, ethics, consciousness

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