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The sentence in question is this one:

"He wanted, of course, to imagine the dark, savage way of life, to get it all off pat in his head. He wanted to know as the Indians and savages know, darkly, and in terms of otherness" - D. H. Lawrence, "Hector St John de Crevecoeur", Studies in Classic American Literature.

It seems that D. H. Lawrence's meaning of "otherness" is not the same as this https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Other_(philosophy)

Am I right? What can be possible, more appropriate meaning of "otherness", and "in terms of otherness"?

  • It is difficult to know what Lawrence meant from such a short quotation. It is possible that he used the word "know" in an abstract sense in which case the word "otherness" could have many interpretations but, if the word "know" referred to something specific, then this would inform the interpretation of the word "otherness". I think we need more context. – BoldBen Jan 30 at 5:04
  • Perhaps "in terms of otherness" in this context means "in different sense", or "differently"? – A. M. Jan 30 at 9:55

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