Totality and Alterity

  • Frederick B. Mills


Chapter 2, on Totality and Alterity, defines these two major categories of Enrique Dussel’s ontology and metaphysics. It examines Dussel’s critical adoption of Martin Heidegger’s early existential ontology to explain the concept of totality of sense. It also discusses Dussel’s interpretation of Emmanuel Levinas and Dussel’s critical adoption of the phenomenology of the face-to-face encounter as the occasion for the possible movement of naïve consciousness to critical ethical consciousness. This chapter also discusses the interface between totality and alterity and the concrete expression of this interface in the relationship between modernity (totality) and subalternized peoples (alterity), peoples who neverthess exist for themselves as autonomous beings.


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  • Frederick B. Mills
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  1. 1.Bowie State UniversityBowieUSA

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