From the real other to the ultimate other
The central claim I attempted to defend in this book is the primacy of the subject, including vis-à-vis the other, as it comes forth in the epistemic, ethical, and hermeneutical realms. In the epistemic aspect, the subject is the one who acknowledges the other as a subject and negates his existence as an object. In the ethical aspect, the subject is the agent who takes upon herself her experiences vis-à-vis the other and, finally, the subject is the being who interprets the modes of the subject's appearance as a real self. Without the subject's action, the other could not have appeared as a real self, and this appearance is itself contingent on the ethic of inner retreat that releases the subject from the temptation to objectify the real self. In a realm founded on the primacy of the subject, then, the ontological primacy of the other is increasingly significant.
Sagi, A. (2018). From the real other to the ultimate other, in Living with the other, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 161-189.
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