Radical alterity is just another way of saying “reality”

@article{Graeber2015RadicalAI,
  title={Radical alterity is just another way of saying “reality”},
  author={David A. Graeber},
  journal={HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory},
  year={2015},
  volume={5},
  pages={1 - 41}
}
  • D. Graeber
  • Published 1 October 2015
  • Philosophy
  • HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory
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