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Coined by Mark C. Taylor in Altarity (1987), from altar and alterity.


altarity (uncountable)

  1. (philosophy) otherness exalted as if a religious concept
    • 2001, Victor E. Taylor, Charles E. Winquist, Encyclopedia of postmodernism
      In his deconstruction of the modern subject via the thought of altarity, Taylor relies on the critique of Hegel developed in twentieth-century France...
    • 2005, Henry L. Ruf, Postmodern rationality, social criticism, and religion
      Sacred altarity is the indescribable other that makes the describable possible...
    • 2010, Jason Schwager,
      altarity is the sense rising from the altar of separation insulating a culture, religion, people, from those defined as outside due to their otherness.