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Saintly InfluenceEdith Wyschogrod and the Possibilities of Philosophy of Religion$
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Eric Boynton and Martin Kavka

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823230877

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823230877.001.0001

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The Uncertainty Principle

The Uncertainty Principle

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Saintly Influence

Mark C. Taylor

Fordham University Press

This chapter outlines the issues that animate Wyschogrod's writings as a whole. It contends that Wyschogrod developed an account of “saintly influence” that is unable to influence much of anything at all. Wyschogrod's Levinasian desire to protect the alterity of the other person leads her to argue that the other person not be conceptually grasped in normative structures. Yet while this maximization of difference may have been an appropriate and needed riposte to 20th-century realities and technologies, the information culture that has grown by leaps and bounds in this century requires an “ethic of relation” that allows different agents to network together, and influence both each other and the network as a whole.

Keywords:   Edith Wyschogrod, saintly influence, ethic of relation, influence, normative structures

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