Mimesis and Alterity jargon

Cliff Sloane (cesloane@MAROON.TC.UMN.EDU)
Fri, 7 Oct 1994 22:39:41 -0500

> The choice of the word "alterity" over "otherness" (a perfectly good word as
> far as I can tell) to me indicates a preference for jargon for the sake of
> creating an exclusive audience (excluding unwanted "others"?) and underlining
> the erudition of the speaker, at the expense of clarity. "Mimesis" on the
> other hand, one could argue has a more precise and specific meaning than
> "imitation." Somebody tell me what's wrong with "otherness"?

What's wrong with "mimicry"? Is there an advantage to "mimesis" that
"mimicry" doesn't provide?