Derrida Today

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    Everything Decomposes: Survivance Beyond the Human-Animal.Abigail Culpepper - 2024 - Derrida Today 17 (1):1-18.
    The notion of survivance is central to Derrida’s later thinking. Much of that thinking, for example in addressing the non–human in The Animal That Therefore I Am and The Beast and the Sovereign, is more precisely a thinking of the human in relation to the animal. Taking inspiration from the recent turn towards biodeconstruction, this essay works through the implications of survivance beyond the human-animal by considering the synergy between biological and textual survivance. And in so doing, this essay outlines (...)
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    Experience, Excription, Existence: Nancy with Derrida, between Kant and Bataille.Joanna Hodge - 2024 - Derrida Today 17 (1):19-39.
    This essay locates Jean-Luc Nancy's analyses, developed in relation to three invented terms, expeausition, excription, sexistence, in a threefold context: between Immanuel Kant on experience and Heidegger on existence; with Derrida on rethinking life and death ( lavielamort); and as a response to the alteration in phenomenology consequent on a transposition of key themes out of the German speaking context of the analyses of Husserl and Heidegger into the French language context of the French reception. An intensification ( survie) of (...)
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    (Re)Situating Geschlecht 3: The Political Stakes of Jacques Derrida’s Reading of Martin Heidegger’s Reading of Georg Trakl.Amir Jaima - 2024 - Derrida Today 17 (1):40-59.
    In his 1985 lecture, Geschlecht III, Derrida sought to ‘situate Geschlecht within Heidegger’s path of thought’. Having identified a political disclosure of sorts in Heidegger’s discussion of the significance of Trakl’s poetic invocation of the polysemic, German word ‘Geschlecht’, Derrida intimates that Heidegger betrays ideas and presumptions concerning the ‘problematic of philosophical nationalism’. Given the contentious political context of Heideggerian thought, some scholars might hope that Derrida’s intervention here would bear upon the divisive scholarly concern referred to as the ‘Heidegger (...)
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    The Derridean Event: History, Including the Life and Work of Derrida, as Rain.Christopher Morris - 2024 - Derrida Today 17 (1):60-81.
    Commentators agree that Derrida's criteria for an event were stringent: it had to be unique, unpredictable and unanticipatable; it must come as a surprise that defies all conceptualization, comprehension, appropriation. Can any historical occurrence pass such rigorous tests and be considered an event? The question now extends to whether Derrida's writings or life should constitute an event. This article traces Derrida's use of the word ‘event’ or ‘événement’ from ‘Signature Event Context’ and early readings of Nietzsche, Blanchot, and Benjamin through (...)
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    Law, Violence and Justice in Derrida’s ‘Force of Law’.Eftichis Pirovolakis - 2024 - Derrida Today 17 (1):97-112.
    In ‘Force of Law’, Derrida’s discussion of the ‘unstable’ distinction between law and justice exemplifies the deconstructive double bind and makes this a very significant text in virtue of its juridical, political and ethical import. The first section focuses on Derrida’s deployment of the polysemous term ‘force’. ‘Force’ refers to the enforceability of the law but also to the performative and interpretative foundational violence at the moment when a new order of legality is instituted. In the second section, I argue (...)
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    Gabriel Renggli, Joyce as Theory: Hermeneutic Ethics in Derrida, Lacan, and ‘Finnegans Wake’.Sam Slote - 2024 - Derrida Today 17 (1):113-116.
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    Translating Khora.Kristian Olesen Toft - 2024 - Derrida Today 17 (1):82-96.
    Khora, as it figures in Plato’s Timaeus, as read by Jacques Derrida, poses a singular translation problem, not only for having more than one meaning, but also for having less than one. This might be thought of in terms of Derrida’s distinction between ‘polysemy’ and ‘dissemination’, in so far as any concept of translation will ‘re-mark’ a translation or reception of something like khora, the ‘all-receiving’. This means both that khora is untranslatable and that its translation into every language is (...)
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