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    alterity

    Please help me understand what does the underlined part mean?
    "There might be some alterity to everything we have , indeed it might be brushing our skin and drifting under our fingertips at this very moment."
    Does this sentence have a poetical tone?Are these parts idioms?

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    Re: alterity

    Hi

    It means something outside of, or other than what we already know.



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    plz make it clear for me


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    Re: alterity

    Quote Originally Posted by nimsooze View Post
    Please help me understand what does the underlined part mean?
    "There might be some alterity to everything we have , indeed it might be brushing our skin and drifting under our fingertips at this very moment."
    Does this sentence have a poetical tone?Are these parts idioms?
    "Alterity" means "being different from something".

    It would be helpful to have the preceding text to know the context. It is pretty poetical and fanciful.

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    Re: alterity

    web definition:

    From the word alter - to make a thing different. A term central to postmodern discussions of identity in which the self is given meaning in terms of an ‘other’. This other is posed or imagined in terms of difference. Alterity then is a state of, or condition of, otherness. The term is useful for thinking about how many peoples throughout history have been cast in the role of inferior and as the opposite of those who look down upon them. Negative qualities are projected onto these ‘others’ and the imagined contrast with them strengthens the sense of one's own rightness and confirms one's sense of identity.


    Great jump-off word for a discussion about racial bias or classes of people . . .


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    Re: alterity

    thamks
    but i want to know more about those two poetical parts too:"brush skin" ,"drift under fingertips".


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    What do you want to know? They are both phrases that can be used to express a transitory sensation. Neither is what can be described as in "common usage".


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    do they refer to sth very near and unknown to us?


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    Re: alterity

    Quote Originally Posted by nimsooze View Post
    do they refer to something very near and unknown to us?
    Probably. There is no absolute in this situation. The original passage is saying that we may not recognise the "alterity", whatever that might be, even though it is something we may sense.

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    Re: alterity

    something unconscious to us or done unconsciously, within our environment.

    Can you give more context. Where did you see this sentence?

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