A redefinition of transcendental violence seen from shame and despise of oneself


  • Daniel Salvador Alvarado Grecco Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México




Ego, autonomy, despise, shame, The Look, Transcendental violence, Body


Jacques Derrida coined the term “transcendental violence” to account for a kind of violence that begins as soon as the other appears to us. This “original” violence is paired with a betrayal of the other’s singularity since language and phenomenality impose meaning upon them. Despite Derrida’s efforts to question the idea that violence stems from an originally peaceful state, his account does not provide any explanation of violence as a lived experience, nor does it elaborate on how it is lived by the ego. In this essay, I will try to reappropriate the concept of transcendental violence and link it with that of shame, which I will define here as an objectifying glance that has consequences on the ego’s behavior. I will argue that the link between violence and shame can be appreciated by paying attention to the way the ego assumes the objectifying glance.

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Author Biography

Daniel Salvador Alvarado Grecco, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Magíster en filosofía, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Líneas de investigación: fenomenología, el género desde un punto de vista fenomenológico, la alteridad y sus significados y asuntos relacionados con la salud desde una perspectiva fenomenológica (como la vergüenza y el encuentro entre pacientes y especialistas).


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How to Cite

Alvarado Grecco, D. S. (2022). A redefinition of transcendental violence seen from shame and despise of oneself. Estudios De Filosofía, (67), 25–42. https://doi.org/10.17533/udea.ef.349348



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