By Richard Kearney, Kascha Semonovitch

ISBN-10: 082324072X

ISBN-13: 9780823240722

ISBN-10: 0823249220

ISBN-13: 9780823249220

What's unusual? Or larger, who's unusual? while can we come upon the stranger? This quantity takes the query of web hosting the Stranger to the deeper point of embodied mind's eye & the senses.

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The Stranger cleaves: binds and loosens. It cleaves to us and cleaves a space between us. It joins and disjoins, links and separates. At one moment a bridge, another an abyss. But always a twofold cleaving. So let us be clear. Our poetic phenomenology proposes at least two amendments to the traditional account of the Stranger: first, a richer description of incarnation that intertwines aesthesis and poiesis, and second, an attention to the power of phronesis to navigate our concrete linguistic and political situations.

True, Levinas wrote of erotic desire for the Other—and especially the feminine Other—but the face of the Other so desired has no singular features or moods. The eyes of the face, qua trace of transcendence, have no color or complexion. For Levinas, embodiment is a lure, a carnal pretext for the ethical call of the Stranger. True, Derrida speaks of the situated identities of foreigners—in flesh and blood, here and now before us—but it is always as defined by us and in our terms (the absolute Other escapes us).

89 If the encounter with the Stranger takes place at the site of the body, then we must ask what experience that body makes possible (or impossible). Dialogical Hermeneutics: Phronesis So we find ourselves back at the threshold of risk: How are we to know the human from the inhuman, the divine from the undivine, the welcome Stranger from the violent aggressor? Poetic phenomenology must pay attention to the moment of phronesis—the assessment of the hostility or friendship of the one at the doorway or frontier.

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