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Teise keel: dialoog ilma kommunikatsioonita. Emmanuel Levinasi märk, tähistamisprotsess ja dialoog
The Language of the Other: Dialog without Communication

Author(s): Urve Eslas
Subject(s): Semiotics / Semiology
Published by: Eesti Semiootika Selts
Keywords: Emmanuel Levinas; otherness; communication; dialogue; Emmanuel Levinas; teisesus; kommunikatsioon; dialoog

Summary/Abstract: Jaan Undusk in his article. "Levinasi mittemärgiline nägu" (The non-sign face of Levinas) discusses Levinas as an anti-semiotics thinker who sees semiotics as violence (Undusk 2003: 7). The present article has two main objectives. First, if semiotics can be seen as a science of violence then what are the criteria that allow semiotics to be described thus? Another issue of importance rising is that if Levinas' discussion of me and other can be described as sign system, does Levinas' sign theory then differ from the criteria which allow semiotics to be described as a science of violence? The present article attains the following opinion: what can be seen as Levinas' antagonism to semiotics, which can also be called a semiotic peculiarity of Levinas, is based on an alternative approach of semiotics, in which a sign is not seen as a substitute of what is lost, but as a sign of the unexperienced; in which the signifying process is not seen as an endless semiosis but as a ceaseless re-signifying; and communication is not seen as exchange of information, but as a dialogue of three parts that, besides to the said and exchange of information, includes saying and re-saying.

  • Issue Year: 2005
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 068-081
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Estonian