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Aspects of Alterity: Levinas, Marcel, and the Contemporary Debate

Brian Treanor


“Every other is truly other, but no other is wholly other”. This is the claim that this book defends. Taking up the question of otherness that so fascinates contemporary continental philosophy, this book asks what it means for something or someone to be other than the self. Emmanuel Levinas and those influenced by him point out that the philosophical tradition of the West has generally favored the self at the expense of the other. In response, postmodern thought insists on the absolute otherness of the other, epitomized by the deconstructive clai ... More

Keywords: alterity, similitude, absolute otherness, relative otherness, Emmanuel Levinas, Gabriel Marcel, Jacques Derrida, John D. Caputo, Paul Ricoeur, Richard Kearney

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780823226849
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011 DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823226849.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian Treanor, author