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Recognition and the Other
Unformatted Document Text:  Recognition and the Other, p. 3 to the other, to what Levinas, quoting scripture, repeatedly names the “widow, orphan, stranger,” regardless of their distance/relation to us. Recognizing alterity means recognizing, at one level, the imperative to give. And what do we give? According to Levinas, everything. To Buber, our attention, our presence, our intention to listen. ~~~ In this paper I reflect on the question of justice for sexual minorities with respect to moral others from political and ethical perspectives drawing on notions of radical alterity and non- reciprocity. In particular, I'm interested in the tensions and interplay between recognition and the other vis-a-vis what Levinas calls the "pathos of liberalism" and the radical possibilities of pluralism. For example, what implications do recognition of the radical alterity of the other have for discourse ethics? That is, what does it mean to view recognition as a constitutive good - - that is, as a process that constitutes and engenders and enlarges the ethical sphere of political relations? And, what does it mean to give recognition to an other without resorting to flattening differences and privileging same over other, as is so worn into the fabric of liberal political discourse? How can discourse ethics, particularly the ideas of responsibility for and nonreciprocity with the other, contribute to understanding the politics of identity, hatred of sexual minorities, and political discourse about incommensurate moral orders? For example, how do the discursive constraints of liberalism (expressed in assimilationist notions like "the melting pot") require others -- particularly sexually deviant "others" -- to speak through totalizing claims of autonomous, individualist, universalism? More specifically, what implications do the possibilities of pluralism-without-the-limitations-of-liberalism have for recognition of others in transformative public discourse? Along the way, I will endeavor to elucidate, if not answer, a

Authors: Lipari, Lisbeth.
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Recognition and the Other, p. 3
to the other, to what Levinas, quoting scripture, repeatedly names the “widow, orphan, stranger,”
regardless of their distance/relation to us. Recognizing alterity means recognizing, at one level,
the imperative to give. And what do we give? According to Levinas, everything. To Buber, our
attention, our presence, our intention to listen.
~~~
In this paper I reflect on the question of justice for sexual minorities with respect to moral
others from political and ethical perspectives drawing on notions of radical alterity and non-
reciprocity. In particular, I'm interested in the tensions and interplay between recognition and the
other vis-a-vis what Levinas calls the "pathos of liberalism" and the radical possibilities of
pluralism. For example, what implications do recognition of the radical alterity of the other
have for discourse ethics? That is, what does it mean to view recognition as a constitutive good -
- that is, as a process that constitutes and engenders and enlarges the ethical sphere of political
relations? And, what does it mean to give recognition to an other without resorting to flattening
differences and privileging same over other, as is so worn into the fabric of liberal political
discourse? How can discourse ethics, particularly the ideas of responsibility for and
nonreciprocity with the other, contribute to understanding the politics of identity, hatred of sexual
minorities, and political discourse about incommensurate moral orders? For example, how do
the discursive constraints of liberalism (expressed in assimilationist notions like "the melting
pot") require others -- particularly sexually deviant "others" -- to speak through totalizing claims
of autonomous, individualist, universalism? More specifically, what implications do the
possibilities of pluralism-without-the-limitations-of-liberalism have for recognition of others in
transformative public discourse? Along the way, I will endeavor to elucidate, if not answer, a


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