Ourselves as Another II
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Now, more than ever, there is an obligation to recognize the presence of the infinite possibilities and multiple horizons of alterity, which destabilize the grounding of subjectivity and our knowledge about what it means to be human. This responsibility highlights the problem of exposing or creating locations for otherness within communitarian-based institutions such as the university, which still occupy the colonized space of traditional knowledge archives and are at the same time alterior to the logic of the status quo simply by producing new forms of knowledge and blazing trails of discovery that change the disciplines (See Derrida, “Of the humanities and the philosophical discipline: The right to philosophy and the cosmopolitical point of view.” Surfaces, 4, 1.1. and Trifonas and Peter, Deconstructing Derrida: tasks for the new humanities. Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 2005). If so, how and where are gestures toward the spaces of these new locations enacted within the human sciences by which we define the difference of ourselves as another?
KeywordsCultural studies Cosmopolitical Difference Philosophy education Deconstruction University
Parts of the chapter appeared in Peter Pericles Trifonas. (2005). “Ourselves as Another: Cosmopolitical Humanities.” In New Tasks for the Humanities, edited by Peter Pericles Trifonas & Michael Peters. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
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