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THEO 6708 Hermeneutics of the Stranger (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

This seminar engages with the problem of how we interpret the stranger. It begins with a genealogy of some of the major responses of western thought to the inaugural scene of host and stranger--mythic, Platonic, Abrahamic. It then examines a number of thinkers in contemporary continental philosophy who have explored the enigma of the stranger in terms of hospitality, translation, justice and the uncanny. Such thinkers include Kristeva, Strangers to Ourselves, Derrida, Of Hospitality, Ricoeur, On Translation, Levinas, Totality and Infinity. Additional readings will be provided in class. The seminar also involves presentations, discussions, and a final paper.


Instructor(s): Richard M. Kearney

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: PHIL7708

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Last Updated: 07-Dec-13