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Responding to the Other





ISBN 9780367875459
Published December 10, 2019 by Routledge
314 Pages

 
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Book Description

Alterity or otherness is a central notion in cultural anthropology and philosophy, as well as in other disciplines. While anthropology, with its aim of understanding cultural difference, tends to take otherness as a fact, there have been vigorous attempts in contemporary philosophy, particularly in phenomenology, to answer the fundamental question: What is the Other? This book brings the two approaches to otherness – the hermeneutical pragmatics of anthropology, and the radical reflection of philosophy – together, with the goal of enriching one through the other. The philosophy of the German phenomenologist Bernhard Waldenfels, up to now little known to anthropologists, has a central position in this undertaking. Waldenfels’s concept of a responsivity to the Other offers to cultural anthropology the possibility of a philosophical engagement with the Other that does not contradict the project of making sense of concrete empirical others. The book illustrates the fertility of this new approach to alterity through a broad spectrum of themes, ranging from reflections on theory formation, via discussions of race and human-animal relations, to personal meditations on experiences of alterity.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Alterity and Anthropology: Responding to the Other



[Bernhard Leistle]





1. The Emergence of the Radical Other in Phenomenology



[Bernhard Leistle]







2. Paradoxes of Representing the Alien in Ethnography





[Bernhard Waldenfels]





3. The Friendly Other



[Vincent Crapanzano]





4. "Haunted by the Aboriginal": Theory and its Other



[Victor Li]





5. The Other Otter: Relational Being at the Edge of Empire



[Danielle DiNovelli-Lang]





6. Otherness and Stigmatized Whiteness: Skin Whitening, Vitiligo, and Albinism



[Amina Mire]







7. The Alien and the Self



[Thomas Fuchs]





8. Intimate and Inaccessible: The Role of Asymmetry in Charismatic Christian Perceptions of God, Self, and Fellow Believers



[Christopher Stephan]





9. Pain and Otherness, the Otherness of Pain



[C. Jason Throop]





10. Otherness and the Underground: Buried Treasure in the Sierra Tarahumara



[Frances Slaney]





11. The Limits of Understanding: Empirical and Radical Otherness in the Andes



[Marieka Sax]





12. "The Order of the World": A Responsive Phenomenology of Schreber’s Memoirs



[Bernhard Leistle]







13. Photography Tears the Subject from Itself





[Robert Desjarlais]

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Biography

Bernhard Leistle is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Carleton University.