Open-endedness: Towards an encounter with alterity

Ramsey, Carole Ann (2012). Open-endedness: Towards an encounter with alterity PhD Thesis, School of History, Philosophy, Religion & Classics, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Ramsey, Carole Ann
Thesis Title Open-endedness: Towards an encounter with alterity
Formatted title
Open-endedness: Towards An Encounter With Alterity
School, Centre or Institute School of History, Philosophy, Religion & Classics
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2012
Thesis type PhD Thesis
Supervisor Michelle Boulous Walker
Rick Strelan
Total pages 245
Total black and white pages 245
Language eng
Subjects 220310 Phenomenology
220309 Metaphysics
220306 Feminist Theory
Formatted abstract
This thesis serves to illustrate the meaning of the intuitive notion, "Open-endedness". Understood as a mode of being radically opposed to the traditional notions of limit,foreclosure and systematic completion, it provides the possibility of an ethical philosophical reading and writing practice. Indeed, in conjunction with the work of philosophers, psychologists, sociologists, theologians and 'mystics' of the Continental Tradition, I illustrate that the meaning of "openness" can be (re)read as the antithesis of repression, silencing and unheeded absence. Alterity poses the articulation of the unobjectifiable Other; it traces that which traditional metaphysics cannot reveal - the transcendence of human being. With respect to an ethics of reading, "open-endedness" is understood as a form of "symptomatic" reading, a practice that seeks genuinely to listen for what cannot be heard in the texts we encounter when reading according to the strictures of a finite, teleological project (limit, axiomatic framing, conceptual completion, beginning and end, self-sufficiency etc.) Towards this end "chiasmic" reading provides a way to demonstrate how, by reading together unrelated but intuitively suggestive texts, meanings emerge that go undisclosed in reading the texts in isolation. This includes bringing into proximity, different genres of texts. Through a detailed exploration and illustration of "Open-endedness" as philosophical reading and writing, this thesis participates in the current reformation in philosophical practice and depth thinking. This involves a rejection of philosophy as a project of individual mastery towards philosophy as an ethical mode of engagement with the Other.
Keyword Transcendental
Metaphysics
Phenomenology
Consciousness
Unconscious
Imaginary
Psychosis
Being
Archetype
Symbolic

 
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