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AlteritiesCriticism, History, Representation$
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Thomas Docherty

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198183570

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183570.001.0001

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Love, Truth, Alterity

Love, Truth, Alterity

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Thomas Docherty

Oxford University Press

Much contemporary theory, exercised by the problematical nature of the validation or legitimation of truth-claims, has turned to the work of Levinas, in whom this ethical demand for a philosophy of alterity finds its most overt articulation. This chapter argues that the philosophy of alterity has never been properly adhered to because of the lack of philosophy of love. It argues against truth as epistemology, and for truth as the eruption of a specific event, and that event is characterized through a specific configuration of love. It attempts to clear the way for the claim that in the postmodern mood in philosophy, there is a rehabilitation of a specific inflection of love as a determinant of thinking.

Keywords:   truth-claims, Levinas, alterity, love, truth, postmodern mood

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