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The Priority of the OtherThinking and Living Beyond the Self$
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Mark Freeman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199759309

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199759309.001.0001

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Living Ex-centrically

Living Ex-centrically

(p.180) 6 Living Ex-centrically
The Priority of the Other

Mark Freeman

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks toward our prospects for living our lives in such a way that the priority of the Other is focal. There are a great many forces, internal as well as external, that conspire to make living in this way extremely difficult. Moreover, certain aspects of contemporary life have intensified the challenge: put together the “culture of narcissism” with the age of technologically-based distraction and inattention, and the result is a near-unbeatable combination. Is it possible to live differently? The primary aim of this concluding chapter is simply to take this question seriously, by resisting pat solutions and promises of redemption, by looking candidly at our own contradictions, and by imagining small ways of opening ourselves further to what is there, in the world.

Keywords:   attention, communitas, contemplative practice, devotion, flow, freedom, good, goodness, love, memory, mindfulness, other, religion, self, transcendence

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