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180183 VO Introduction to the Feminist Ethics of Alterity (2021W)

Lecture with reading

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie
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Details

Language: German

Examination dates

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 19.10. 18:30 - 20:00 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 31 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 9
Tuesday 09.11. 18:30 - 20:00 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 31 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 9
Tuesday 16.11. 18:30 - 20:00 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 31 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 9
Tuesday 23.11. 18:30 - 20:00 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 31 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 9
Tuesday 30.11. 18:30 - 20:00 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 31 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 9
Tuesday 07.12. 18:30 - 20:00 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 31 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 9
Tuesday 14.12. 18:30 - 20:00 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 31 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 9
Tuesday 11.01. 18:30 - 20:00 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 31 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 9
Tuesday 18.01. 18:30 - 20:00 Hybride Lehre
Hörsaal 31 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 9
Tuesday 25.01. 18:30 - 20:00 Hybride Lehre

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Aims, contents and method of the course

The concept of alterity (lat. alter: the one, the other of the two) is an important concept in the history of philosophy and within post-structuralist theories (e.g. psychoanalysis, deconstruction or postco-lonial studies) it refers to the dichotomy of alterity and identity as mutually dependent moments. Alter is not an arbitrary other, alter is the second of two similar and mutually assigned identities in contrast to alius or xenos (i.e. the stranger).
Identities are created through demarcation and exclusion. The "constitutive outside" (Derrida, Butler) is not only a condition of the possibility of identity, but at the same time always part of it. If otherness is to be thought, then the concept does not mean to oppose the self-identical with its complementary opposite, but to read the supposedly self-identical in its dependence on and contamination by its supposed other.
This course first introduces central texts of Western thinking on alterity (Levinas, Lacan, Derrida, Said) and discusses postcolonial-feminist references in a second step. Relevant texts by Simone de Beauvoir, Julia Kristeva, Luce Irigaray, Hélène Cixous, Gayatri Spivak, Trinh T. Minh-ha, Audre Lorde, Sarah Ahmed and others form the basis for this. On the one hand, the aim is to make the complexity and diversity of feminist discourses on alterity present and to better understand alterity in the respective philosophical and ethical context. In addition, the course aims to provide an outlook on the way in which basic concepts of alterity determine current debates on global feminism.

Assessment and permitted materials

For each lecture unit, primary texts are provided on Moodle for preparatory reading. Reading these texts is strongly recommended.
Written exam at the end of the semester (according to COVID-19 conditions also as a take-home exam.)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Reading the texts and materials provided on Moodle, e.g. secondary literature, PowerPoint slides of the lecture, etc. Answering the exam questions against the background of the lecture material and the literature presented in the lecture and made available on Moodle.

Examination topics

Written examination: First date: end of January 2022. Three further dates in the following semester will be announced on the Moodle learning platform.
For each examination date, selected units and texts from the lecture programme will be announced.

Reading list

• Levinas, Emmanuel (1986): Ethik und Unendliches. Gespräche mit Philippe Nemo. Übersetzt von Dorothea Schmidt, Graz/Wien.
• Levinas, Emmanuel (1987): Totalität und Unendlichkeit. Versuch über die Exteriorität. Übersetzt von Wolf-gang N. Krewani, Freiburg i. Breisgau/München
• Levinas, Emmanuel (1989): Die Zeit und der Andere. Übersetzt und mit einem Nachwort versehen von Lud-wig Wenzler. Hamburg.
• Levinas, Emmanuel (2007): Die Spur des Anderen, in: ders.: Die Spur des Anderen. Untersuchungen zur Phänomenologie und Sozialphilosophie. Freiburg/München, 209-236.
• Jacques Lacan: Écrits, Paris 1966, dt.: Schriften I-III, Berlin/Weinheim: Quadriga 1986–1991
• Jacques Lacan: Seminar II. Das Ich in der Theorie Freuds und in der Technik der Psychoanalyse (1954–1955), Berlin/Weinheim: Quadriga 1978
• Jacques Lacan: Seminar III. Die Psychosen (1955–1956), Berlin/Weinheim: Quadriga 1997
• Jacques Lacan: Seminar XI. Die vier Grundbegriffe der Psychoanalyse (1964), Berlin/Weinheim: Quadriga 1996
• Derrida, Jacques. 1991. Gesetzeskraft. Der ‚mystische‘ Grund der Autorität. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp.
• Derrida, Jacques. 1994. Den Tod geben. In: Gewalt und Gerechtigkeit. Derrida – Benjamin, hg. von Anselm Haverkamp. 331–445. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp.
• Derrida, Jacques. 2000. Politik der Freundschaft. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp.
• Derrida, Jacques. 2003. Einsprachigkeit. München: Fink.
• Said, Edward W. (1978): Orientalism. New York: Pantheon Books.
• Simone de Beauvoir: Das andere Geschlecht. Sitte und Sexus der Frau. Hamburg: Rowohl Taschenbuch Ver-lag 2000.
Julia Kristeva: Fremde sind wir uns selbst, Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp 1990.
• Irigaray, Luce: Das Geschlecht das nicht eins ist. In: ebd. Berlin: Merve 1979, S. 22-32.
• Irigaray, Luce: Die sexuelle Differenz. In: dies.: Die Ethik der sexuellen Differenz, Frankfurt am Main: Suhr-kamp 1991, S. 11-28.
• Cixous, Hélène: Das Lachen der Medusa, in: Esther Hutfless, Gertrude Postl, Elisabeth Schäfer: Hélène Cixous. Das Lachen der Medusa zusammen mit aktuellen Beiträgen, Wien: Passagen 2013, S. 39-61.
• Minh-ha, Trinh T.: Difference: „A Special Third World Women Issue“, in: Feminist Review, No. 25. (Spring, 1987), S. 5-22.
• Lorde, Audre: Age, Race, Class and Sex: Women Redefining Difference, in: Sister Outsider. Essays and Speeches, New York: Crossing Press 1984, S. 114-123.
• Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty: Imperialism and Sexual Difference, Oxford Literary Review, Vol. 8, No.1 (1986), S. 225-244.
Ahmed, Sara: Home and away. Narratives of migration and estrangement, in: International Journal of Cultural Studies 1999, 2, S. 329-347.

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