The Paradoxical Listening to the Other: Heidegger, Levinas, Derrida – And Gadamer

  • Carlos B. GutiérrezEmail author
Part of the Contributions To Phenomenology book series (CTPH, volume 86)


In the light of outstanding philosophical theories, listening to the other turns out to be the paradoxical task of addressing an unreachable absolute, which nonetheless embodies all interlocutors and all vital and affective belongingness of human beings at one time. Thus, the philosophy of the second part of the twentieth century is marked by the strong contrast that goes from absolute otherness, from an other that is completely other; to the belonging otherness to which we are bound in our being. This contrast determines the various nuances of listening to the other which I intend to address in this paper.


Heidegger Levinas Derrida Gadamer Alterity Dialogue Language 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universidad de los AndesBogotáColombia

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