Knowing other-wise: a discussion of alterity and the limits of philosophy

Hendrik Hart
1994 Koers : Bulletin for Christian Scholarship  
Hendrik Stoker and Herman Dooyeweerd discussed the relation between philosophy' s universality and the independence o f the individually real That issue is currently discussed by postmodern philosophers exploring the limits o f philosophy related to contemporary concern fo r inclusivity and alterity. I take up this issue by arguing that philosophy has limits. I f these are not observed, philosophy contributes to exclusion or oppression o f whatever transcends these limits. If, fo r example,
more » ... , fo r example, philosophy imperiously sets the tone for our total relation to the real, its limits shrink our relation to the real. For if philosophy is limited by a focus on what is same, such imperious tonesetting will exclude the different from our attention. Calling attention to the inclusion and liberation o f 'dijferents ' is a contribution o f postmodernity. Rut I ask: can such calling attention remain philosophical without philosophy remaining imperial? Possibly our knowing o f the dif ferent must be a knowing that differs from knowing the same. In my view, knowing what is 'otherwise than being', is knowing otherwise than knowing philosophically. Such knowing will be otherwise by being wise to the other, in trust. It will not be a grasping o f the other in and by a concept that is the same.
doi:10.4102/koers.v59i3/4.707 fatcat:iiloyno3kjgxto6nx6agch3qsi