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Carnal Hermeneutics$
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Richard Kearney and Brian Treanor

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823265886

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823265886.001.0001

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A Tragedy and a Dream

A Tragedy and a Dream

Disability Revisited

(p.115) A Tragedy and a Dream
Carnal Hermeneutics

Julia Kristeva

Fordham University Press

This chapter develops a humanistic hermeneutics of the body that points toward the development of a new “Scotist” ethics based on the incommensurable singularity (haecceitas) of each person. Challenging traditional ontologies in which disability is viewed only in terms of privation, and the disabled primarily as objects of care, the author argues that because disability draws our attention to haecceitas in a unique way. Disability is the difference that most clearly and directly confronts us with mortality and the limitations of finitude, whether we are disabled or not.

Keywords:   Disability, Haecceitas, Scotus, Privation, Difference, Finitude, Mortality

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