By Bernhard Leistle
Alterity or otherness is a primary idea in cultural anthropology and philosophy, in addition to in different disciplines. whereas anthropology, with its goal of figuring out cultural distinction, has a tendency to take otherness as a truth, there were lively makes an attempt in modern philosophy, quite in phenomenology, to respond to the basic query: what's the different? This booklet brings the 2 methods to otherness – the hermeneutical pragmatics of anthropology, and the novel mirrored image of philosophy – jointly, with the objective of enriching one during the different. The philosophy of the German phenomenologist Bernhard Waldenfels, in past times little identified to anthropologists, has a vital place during this venture. Waldenfels’s notion of a responsivity to the opposite deals to cultural anthropology the potential for a philosophical engagement with the opposite that doesn't contradict the undertaking of constructing feel of concrete empirical others. The ebook illustrates the fertility of this new method of alterity via a large spectrum of issues, starting from reflections on thought formation, through discussions of race and human-animal kinfolk, to private meditations on studies of alterity.
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Anthropology and Alterity: Responding to the Other (Routledge Studies in Anthropology) by Bernhard Leistle