Vol. 48 No. 1 (2000)
Research Article

“We Embraced Each Other by Our Names”: Levinas, Derrida, and the Ethics of Naming

Published 2000-03-01



Emmanuel Levinas’ and Jacques Derrida’ s theories of names and naming are discussed in a context that casts light upon the complex relationships among names and the named on the one hand, and onomastics and other fields and discourses on the other. Such other fields are anthropology, (cultural) history, politics, and ethics. Levinas’ phenomenological view of naming and Derrida's use of Levinas in a markedly “poststructuralist” analysis both stress the moral dimension of onomastic acts, how much is at stake in the way we deal with other people's names.


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