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The ontological reduction: otherness

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The ontological reduction involves the suspension of being itself. In Heidegerrian terms phenomenology asks the question of the being (meaning) of being. But ultimately one has to suspend being itself in order to radicalize this question. One has to ask the question: What is other than being? according to Levinas this is the ethical reduction. Even the assumptions of moral theories and ethics have to be suspended.