Re: Otherness

Sat, 14 Oct 1995 02:01:10 -0400

On Fri, 13 Oct 1995, Matthew S. Tomaso wrote:

> Edwina Taborsky's paragraph on anthropology, Lacanian psychology and
> philosophical approaches to oppositional identities was a nice summary, with
> which I mostly agree, but there are a few points which might benefit from
> clarification.
> I see binary opposition (dualizing very different from dichotomizing which
> would be biPOLAR opposition) as a necessary methodological step in the
> interpretation of systems (webs, or, ore recently, pools) of meaning (or
> discourse, concepts, things etc).
> The problem seems to be in the connotations which 'opposition' drags into
> all of this. Opposition, in my mind, does not imply absolutely fixed
> opposing position, but rather, contrast. Thus, when Saussure says "in
> language (langue) there is only difference," he means contrast.
> peace,
> Matt
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Perhaps Matt might find the following citation interesting:

1. Erwin Marquit, Philip Moran and Willis H. Truitt (eds.), "Dialectical
Contradictions: Contemporary Marxist Discussions" (Minneapolis: Marxist
Educational Press, 1982).

Shawgi Tell
University at Buffalo
Graduate School of Education