The Heterological Quest: Michel de Certeau's Travel Narratives and the "Other" of Comparative Religious Ethics
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of Religious Ethics 30 (1):23 - 48 (2002)
One of the central methodological issues for contemporary practitioners of comparative ethics is how to conceptualize and relate to the "other" encountered in cross-cultural studies. A valuable resource for reflection on this problem is the work of the French historian and cultural theorist Michel de Certeau, whose diverse opus coheres around his notion of heterology--a "science of the other." In this article I explore perspectives on the cultural "other" emerging from Certeau's analyses of a series of "travel narratives" documenting the European encounter with the peoples of the New World. Certeau's meditations on the metaphor of the voyage, the interplay of orality and literacy, the politics of ethnography, and the semiotics of the "return of the repressed" offer, I suggest, important insights for comparative ethicists.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
William A. Barbieri Jr (2002). The Heterological Quest: Michel de Certeau's Travel Narratives and the "Other" of Comparative Religious Ethics. Journal of Religious Ethics 30 (1):23-48.
Jeremy Ahearne (1995). Michel De Certeau: Interpretation and its Other. Stanford University Press.
Graham Giles (2013). The Concept of Practice, Enlightenment Rationality and Education: A Speculative Reading of Michel de Certeau'sTheWriting of History. Educational Philosophy and Theory:1-14.
Roger Chartier (1997). On the Edge of the Cliff: History, Language, and Practices. Johns Hopkins University Press.
Thomas A. Lewis (2010). Ethnography, Anthropology, and Comparative Religious Ethics: Or Ethnography and the Comparative Religious Ethics Local. Journal of Religious Ethics 38 (3):395-403.
Jerrold Seigel (2004). Mysticism and Epistemology: The Historical and Cultural Theory of Michel de Certeau. History and Theory 43 (3):400–409.
Maria Letizia Cravetto (2003). The Emancipation of Thought: On the Work of Michel De Certeau. Diogenes 50 (3):115-129.
James F. Smurl (1976). Cross-Cultural Comparisons in Ethics: A Critical Response to Sally Wang. Journal of Religious Ethics 4 (1):47 - 55.
John Culbert (2010). Paralyses: Literature, Travel, and Ethnography in French Modernity. University of Nebraska Press.
David Little (1981). The Present State of the Comparative Study of Religious Ethics. Journal of Religious Ethics 9 (2):210 - 227.
Wim Weymans (2004). Michel de Certeau and the Limits of Historical Representation. History and Theory 43 (2):161–178.
Tom Conroy (2010). Culturally “Doped” or Not? Environment, Space, Place 2 (1):61-79.
Stephen Hartnett (1998). Michel de Certeau's Critical Historiography and the Rhetoric of Maps. Philosophy and Rhetoric 31 (4):283 - 302.
Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart.
Added to index2011-05-29
Total downloads1 ( #390,893 of 1,096,245 )
Recent downloads (6 months)0
How can I increase my downloads?