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Title: Variations circonstancielles
Subtitle: Différenciation de l'autre chez les Amérindiens
Author(s): SERRA, Alice Mara
Journal: Etudes phénoménologiques - Phenomenological Studies
Volume: 5 Date: 2021
This article analyses some modalities of the relationship to what is 'other' from two perspectives. The first one is offered by the Brazilian anthropologist Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, who describes the variations of suffixes in Amerindian languages. This variation depends on the circumstances in which what is other appears and is meaningful. The second perspective comes from Jacques Derrida’s readings of Edmund Husserl’s phenomenology, mainly about passive synthesis, hetero-affection, and the constitution of otherness. I show how some of Viveiros de Castro’s analyses of the encounter with the other, including non-human others, deconstruct noetic intentionality by stressing the circumstantial and partially contingent point of view from which the subject and what is other are seen.