By Bernhard Leistle
Alterity or otherness is a principal suggestion in cultural anthropology and philosophy, in addition to in different disciplines. whereas anthropology, with its target of realizing cultural distinction, has a tendency to take otherness as a truth, there were energetic makes an attempt in modern philosophy, quite in phenomenology, to reply to the elemental query: what's the different? This booklet brings the 2 ways to otherness – the hermeneutical pragmatics of anthropology, and the unconventional mirrored image of philosophy – jointly, with the target of enriching one in the course of the different. The philosophy of the German phenomenologist Bernhard Waldenfels, in past times little recognized to anthropologists, has a vital place during this venture. Waldenfels’s thought of a responsivity to the opposite deals to cultural anthropology the potential of a philosophical engagement with the opposite that doesn't contradict the venture of constructing feel of concrete empirical others. The publication illustrates the fertility of this new method of alterity via a vast spectrum of issues, starting from reflections on idea formation, through discussions of race and human-animal kin, to non-public meditations on stories of alterity.