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The Bakhtinian revolution and the i-other relation

Susan Petrilli
From the journal Chinese Semiotic Studies

Abstract

Major concepts thematized by Mikhail Bakhtin are “dialogism” and “otherness” – where the latter is understood as the capacity to evade the sphere of being, the same –, and with them the concepts of “singularity” and “responsibility”. Bakhtin’s writings are topical today more than ever before, representing a major contribution towards a critique of ontology and reformulation of humanism in terms of the logic of otherness, dialogue, and unindifferent difference.

Acknowledgments

For Professor Jie Zhang who has pioneered, promoted, and led ongoing encounters among different worlds, now ever closer, ever more interconnected, above all in the study of signs, communication, and cultural values. To him I dedicate this essay with gratitude.

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