David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Philosophy and Social Criticism 37 (6):629-645 (2011)
In a brief comment in ‘History of the Lie’, his one sustained engagement with Arendt, Derrida criticizes the ‘absence’ of any reference to the ‘problematic of testimony, witnessing, or bearing witness’ in her work, and asserts that she was ‘not interested’ in what ‘distinguishes’ testimony from ‘proof’. This passage links Derrida’s reading of Arendt to a theme that concerns him throughout his later work, specifically the ‘affirmation’ or ‘act of faith’ that ostensibly conditions all human relations, and the possibility of sociality in general. In this article, I claim not only that Arendt did address the problem of testimony or witnessing, and the difference between bearing witness and establishing proof, but also that her consideration of these issues represents an alternative to many of the arguments Derrida develops in his later work, especially his approach to responsibility and judgment, secrecy and memory, and the relation between the self and others
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Francesco Vitale (2009). Let the Witness Speak: From Archi-Writing to the Community to Come. Derrida Today 2 (2):260-270.
Gert Biesta (2009). Witnessing Deconstruction in Education: Why Quasi-Transcendentalism Matters. Journal of Philosophy of Education 43 (3):391-404.
J. Hillis Miller (2009). For Derrida. Fordham University Press.
Janet Borgerson (2010). Witnessing and Organization: Existential Phenomenological Reflections on Intersubjectivity. Philosophy Today 54 (1):78-87.
John Lechte (2011). The Vicissitudes of 'Democracy to Come': Political Community, Khôra, the Human. Derrida Today 4 (2):215-232.
Michael Naas (2009). Miracle and Machine: The Two Sources of Religion and Science in Derrida's "Faith and Knowledge". Research in Phenomenology 39 (2):184-203.
Martin Jay (2009). Pseudology : Derrida on Arendt and Lying in Politics. In Pheng Cheah & Suzanne Guerlac (eds.), Derrida and the Time of the Political. Duke University Press
Alison Ross (2004). Historical Undecidability: The Kantian Background to Derrida's Politics. International Journal of Philosophical Studies 12 (4):375 – 393.
Jacques Derrida (2002). Acts of Religion. Routledge.
A. Degryse (2011). Sensus Communis as a Foundation for Men as Political Beings: Arendt's Reading of Kant's Critique of Judgment. Philosophy and Social Criticism 37 (3):345-358.
Peg Birmingham (2008). Elated Citizenry: Deception and the Democratic Task of Bearing Witness. Research in Phenomenology 38 (2):198-215.
Elina Staikou (2008). Justice's Last Word: Derrida's Post-Scriptum to Force of Law. Derrida Today 1 (2):266-290.
Simon Critchley (2006). Derrida. Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 10 (2):315-326.
Added to index2011-04-27
Total downloads25 ( #154,784 of 1,906,981 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #468,378 of 1,906,981 )
How can I increase my downloads?