Face to face with the Other Other: Levinas versus the postcolonial

Mokslo publikacijos / Scientific publications
Document Type:
Straipsnis / Article
Anglų kalba / English
Face to face with the Other Other: Levinas versus the postcolonial
In the Journal:
Levinas studies . 2012, 7, p. 21-42, 221-225
Etika; Etinė atsakomybė; Filosofija; Kaltė; Kitas; Kolektyvinė tapatybė; Levinas; Levinas, Emmanuelis; Metafizika; Ontologija; Postkolonializmas; Postkolonijinės studijos; Socialinis tapatumas; Subjektyvybė; Teisingumas; Totalumas; Veidas; Vienatinumas
Collective identity; Ethical responsibility; Ethics; Face; Guilt; Justice; Levinas; Levinas, Emmanuel; Metaphysics; Ontology; Other; Philosophy; Postcolonial studies; Postcolonialism; Singularity; Social identity; Subjectivity; Totality
Summary / Abstract:

ENThe problem of race and the experience of colonial racism is raised in Simone Drichel’s essay “Face to Face with the Other Other” via the notion of the other in postcolonial studies. As Drichel notes, Levinas and postcolonial theory both develop a sense of otherness at the center of theorizing subjectivity, history, and knowledge, and yet there has been very little exchange between the two scholarly trends. In Levinas studies, there has been little interest in postcolonial critique, and in postcolonial studies, there has been what Drichel calls a certain “allergy” to Levinasian ethics. Levinas’s emphasis on the neighborliness of the other is no doubt part of this allergic reaction. In order to shift this tendency a bit, her essay stages a new conversation, one centered on the critical interchange between Levinas’s ethics of singularity and the postcolonial conception of an other who is collective and embedded within historical experience. This is a difficult conversation, which requires that many Levinasian notions get put under unfamiliar critical lenses. And still, those critical lenses are both necessary for what Drichel calls the “ethically inclined postcolonial scholar” and for the Levinasian interested in the full implications of Levinas’s confrontation with “the imperialism of the same.” Such lenses are necessary for a nonallergic conversation across borders and different historical experiences. [From introduction of volume]

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