Philology and phenomenology of vulnerability: Metaphor in the thought of Emmanuel Levinas

Cesare Del Mastro, A. Luis Jaime Cisneros

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In this article, Emmanuel Levinas' theory of metaphor derives into the notion of "metaphorical chiasm". This idea articulates, in a semantically dynamical manner, a double-way movement: one that goes "beyond" au-delà) -the displacement to other meanings- and another that stays "here" (en-deça) -the retention of the sensuous, imaginative and affective traits of words. This philological tool is functional to the following thesis: the ethical exposition to the other's vulnerability (and, specifically, to the other's face) expresses itself metaphorically in the sensuous, the historical and the cultural traces of the stranger, the widow, the orphan and the Jew. The simultaneity of the esthetical "Said" (the attention to stylistic detail) and the ethical "Saying" (the attention to the other's calling) gives way to a Phenomenology of social vulnerability: the traces of the faces of the poor call for the sharing of bread and word that derives from the way in which their concrete frailty hosts and questions the open narratives of Literature and the unfinished images of Art.
Idioma originalEspañol
Páginas (desde-hasta)291-332
Número de páginas42
PublicaciónLexis (Peru)
EstadoPublicada - 1 dic. 2012

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