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Apparitions—Of Derrida's Other$
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Kas Saghafi

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780823231621

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823231621.001.0001

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“An Almost Unheard-of Analogy”

“An Almost Unheard-of Analogy”

Derrida Reading Levinas

(p.7) 1 “An Almost Unheard-of Analogy
Apparitions—Of Derrida's Other

Kas Saghafi

Fordham University Press

This chapter suggests that from very early on (certainly as early as 1964, perhaps even earlier), what has been at work in Jacques Derrida's writings is a sophisticated notion of the other (l'autre) that needs to be distinguished from that of his contemporaries. Always written in the lower case, the other, for Derrida, can designate the alterity of Autrui, as well as encompassing what has traditionally been understood as a formal or logical sense of alterity (for example, in the Hegelian and Husserlian sense) without being reduced to it. Echoing the concerns of “Violence and Metaphysics: An Essay on the Thought of Emmanuel Levinas”, Derrida's l'autre combines the features of the absolutely other and the alter ego, thus yoking the Hebraic and Hellenic while keeping each heterogeneous.

Keywords:   l'autre, other, sense, alterity, Emmanuel Levinas, alter ego

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