Alterity
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The term alterity (Fr. altérité, otherness) is meant to articulate the philosophical demand that every person, in his unique specificity, merits ethical consideration. Although the problem had existed long before, the French Jewish philosopher Emmanuel Levinas (1906–1995) gave it the most decisive emphasis and contributed to its dissemination. According to him, Western philosophy had succ…

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Samuel Moyn, New York, “Alterity”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017.. Consulted online on 21 September 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0020>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20170409



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