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1. Encountering the past entails being confronted with otherness, which gives hermeneutics an eminently modern touch, not least as understanding "the foreign and strange speech" requires a responsive commitment to what is beyond one's obrit.
2. The encounter with tradition is always subversive of totalization or containment. For Gadamer, this means the openness of tradition to the future, its irreducibility to the library or museum or to institutions of interpretation, in its refusal of closure or of finite constructions. Tradition in this respect is infinite in Levinas's ethical sense of Infinity to the Other that discloses itself in conversation.