The Challenges of Diversity

The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 11:85-92 (2007)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

The issues of difference, diversity, otherness, and the possibility of community have emerged as leading philosophical and socio-political questions in recent times. An increasing theoretical emphasis on issues of difference and alterity, with a corresponding convergence of topics like globalization, have brought into renewed focus not only the question of otherness, but more fundamentally, the question of how the encounter with the Other is to take place. My paper examines the treatment of issues of difference and otherness within a perspective of philosophical hermeneutics. In recent writings, Gadamer has suggested that the principles of his philosophical hermeneutics can prove beneficial in reflections on contemporary social problems of diversity and cultural difference. In examining these claims, I question whether Gadamer acknowledges sufficiently the challenges and resistance of otherness. At the same time, I also question the claims of some theorists who maintain that it is never possible to bridge difference and otherness. In the end I suggest that while the resistance of difference might be underestimated, there are nevertheless promising approaches for thinking difference and diversity to be found in a hermeneutical perspective.

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 91,322

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

IV. Mysticism and Politics.Paul Lakeland - 1996 - Philosophy and Theology 9 (3-4):455-459.
Difference.Mark Currie - 2004 - New York: Routledge.
Essay on exoticism: an aesthetics of diversity.Victor Segalen - 2002 - Durham: Duke University Press. Edited by Yaël Schlick.
Cultural Diversity and the Systems View.Debora Hammond - 1995 - Philosophy in the Contemporary World 2 (1):13-18.
Interpretation and difference: the strangeness of care.Alan Bass - 2006 - Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press.

Analytics

Added to PP
2011-12-02

Downloads
43 (#358,697)

6 months
6 (#506,019)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references