Monday, April 25, 2005

Decipher this: Incomprehensible academic jargon excerpt of the week

And now for academic jargon at its worst. From p. 194 of Emmanuel Levinas's Totality and Infinity: An Essay on Exteriority (first of all, what on Earth does that mean?)

The Other is not other with a relative alterity as are, in a comparison, even ultimate species, which mutually exclude one another but still have their place within the community of a genus--excluding one another by their definition, but calling for one another by this exclusion, across the community of their genus.

Kudos to you if you can translate that into English.

1 comment:

Sandi said...

Its a story about the outside. One can not look outside while still being inside and have a clear picture of the outside. Big words, probably stoned.