ALTERNITY (creative power from positing "otherness)

We need a word which will designate the power, the compulsion of language to posit 'otherness' . . . perhaps "alternity" will do; to define 'other than the case,' the counter factual proposition, images, shapes of will and evasions with which we change our mental being and by means of which we build the changing, largely fictive milieu of our somatic, our social existence.

George Steiner (from After Babel)