Philosophers and the Other
Alterity and othering net links
“These others are only acceptable if they become good others, which is to say they should be the same as us which serves to evacuate the use value of difference and otherness as a political and/or ethical category.” Badiou, A. Ethics: An Essay on the Understanding of Evil New York, Verso Books. 2001:107
Mimicry is, then, the sign of a double articulation; a complex strategy of reform, regulation and discipline, which ‘appropriates' the Other as it visualizes power.
“Of Mimicry and Man” The Location of Culture. NY: Routledge, 1994:86
'There is no gender identity behind the expressions of gender; ... identity is performatively constituted by the very "expressions" that are said to be its results.' Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity Routledge, 1990: P.25.
“The apparent incapacity to constitute oneself as oneself without excluding the other.... coupled with an apparent inability to exclude others without devaluing and, ultimately hating them.” Castoriadis, C. World in Fragments: Writings on Politics, Society, Psychoanalysis, and the Imagination Stanford, California Stanford University Press 1997
No difference without alterity, no alterity without singularity; no singularity without here now. (Jacques Derrida, 1994)
“It is not simply - humanistically - a matter of our being able to accept the other, but of being in his place, and this means being able to imagine and make oneself other for oneself. Kristeva, J. Strangers to Ourselves New York, Harvester Wheatsheaf 1991:13
"The I is always in the field of the Other."
“...I am responsible for the Other without waiting for reciprocity, were I to die for it. Reciprocity is his affair. It is precisely insofar as the relation between the Other and me is not reciprocal that I am subjection to the Other; and I am "subject" essentially in this sense. It is I who support all...The I always has one responsibility more than all the others.”
“Je est un autre” [I is another].