Re: Otherness

Ruby Rohrlich (rohrlich@GWIS2.CIRC.GWU.EDU)
Tue, 17 Oct 1995 22:00:40 -0400

If the existence of Other creates and defines self, why is Other
necessarily oppositional to self? Rubyx

On Tue, 17 Oct 1995, Adrienne Dearmas wrote:

> In a message dated 95-10-14 09:48:18 EDT, ETABORSK@ARUS.UBISHOPS.CA (E.
> Taborsky) writes:
> >(1) I am NOT saying that the Other exists, in itself. It most
> >definitely does not, but it exists as a potentiality to become
> >existent, and this potentiality limits the extensionality (physical
> >and conceptual) of the Entity
> I am fascinated by the concept and social construction of self and other.
> With reference to body mutilations (which is what I study), other must exist
> as an entity (individual or group) in order for the body mutilation practice
> to act as a means of seperating the self from the other. I.e. my ears are
> pierced but my nose is not. I am weak in this theory area and am interested
> in learning more. How can other be anything else but oppositional to self?
> Doesn't the existence of other create and define self?