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The Rhetorical Turn to Otherness: Otherwise than Humanism

Author(s): Ronald C Arnett | Janie Harden Fritz | Annette M Holba

Journal: Cosmos and History : The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy
ISSN 1832-9101

Volume: 3;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 115;
Date: 2007;
Original page

Keywords: Radical and Moderate Enlightenment | Individualism | Otherness | Rhetorical Turn

While offering a public welcome of communicative participation, a communicative dark side of the moderate Enlightenment project emerged. Moderate Enlightenmentrsquo;s corollary companion to wresting power from a limited few is the staggering sense of confidence in the universal ground of assurance that is ldquo;bad faithrdquo; mdash;we fib to ourselves that we can stand above history and affect the future. Absolute conviction of universal access to truth propels through methodological confidence, undergirding the era of ldquo;the rationalrdquo; pursuit of truth, transporting the individual into an ethereal delusionmdash;that one can stand above the historical moment of engagement and cast judgment. This essay calls into question the common assumption that communication begins with the individual. We offer a critique of this assumption in accordance with radical enlightenment scholarship, calling forth a return to Otherness that renders the construct of individual secondary to that which is /
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