(noun) otherness / (noun) the quality or state of being radically alien to the conscious self or a particular cultural orientation
the fundamental unbridgeability of the gap between self and other is reinforced. That gap entails alterity, the nexus of subjectivity in the objectof communication that cannot be reached by communicative intent
Wallace was overwhelmed by what he saw as the alterity of the female experience; that is to say, its total alienation from his experience of the world.
If we take the argument a step further, we face the possibility that the humanities are actually countereconomic; the notion of alterity and sympathy, taken seriously, would undo the profit motive and put a fair amount of grit into the workings of economic activity