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Buy and Download Description This chapter will propose in more detail the three grammars of identity/alterity with which our volume is concerned.1 To do so as clearly as possible, it makes three moves. The first of these introduces each classificatory model on its own and then exemplifies the grammars as they are employed, often in competition with each other, in the realms of politics, religion, and aesthetics. Having affirmed that the grammars can be recognized in the most diverse social processes, the second and third moves ask two critical questions, one theoretical, the other primarily methodological. Theoretically, the three grammars must face what I have called 'the ternary challenge' as part of the age-old question whether classificatory structures are binary or ternary. I will propose that all three grammars are ternary, but each in its own way. This further increases the analytical potential of the grammars, but it also raises a methodological question. Since the grammars seem to work almost too well for comfort, the third move will face Karl Popper's (1972 [1935]) time-honoured question of falsification: if a proposition works well, then what are the criteria for it not working? The answer to this question will be sought in language and language use, or langue and parole to be precise, and it will address the question of violence. In particular, it will focus on genocidal violence, that is, killing the other at the cost of killing one's own former self. After this short guide through the argument, let me now return to where we are so far. This chapter will propose in more detail the three grammars of identity/alterity with which our volume is concerned.1 To do so as clearly as possible, it makes three moves. The first of these introduces each classificatory model on its own and the
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