Rigor; or, stupid uselessness

Southern Journal of Philosophy 50 (s1):20-38 (2012)

Authors
Geoffrey Bennington
Emory University
Abstract
In his seminars on the death penalty, Derrida consistently describes Kant's arguments in favor of capital punishment as “rigorous” and explicitly relates that rigor to the mechanisms of execution and the subsequent rigor mortis of the corpse. ‘Rigor’ has also often been a contested term in descriptions of deconstruction: different commentators have either deplored or celebrated the presence or the absence of rigor in Derrida's work. Derrida himself uses the term a good deal throughout his career, usually in a positive sense, although he also at least once, in passing, suggests the need to question the rigor of the concept of rigor itself. In this paper, I will outline the place of Kant in the Death Penalty Seminars and suggest that it is the very rigor attributed to Kant that makes him (rather than some other writers—whether supporters or opponents of the death penalty—whose arguments seem less rigorous to Derrida) an exemplary object for deconstructive attention, not for the first time in Derrida's work. Broadening the focus beyond the texts Derrida explicitly analyzes, I suggest that this kind of attention can also be fruitfully brought to bear on some more general arguments in Kant about right and justice. In conclusion, I suggest some implications of this situation for the still difficult issue of the more general relation between deconstruction and critique in the Kantian sense
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1111/j.2041-6962.2012.00116.x
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 46,483
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Derrida: Opposing Death Penalties.Marguerite La Caze - 2009 - Derrida Today 2 (2):186-199.
Derrida on the Death Penalty.Matthias Fritsch - 2012 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 50 (s1):56-73.
Angling for a Stranglehold on the Death Penalty.Olivia Custer - 2012 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 50 (s1):160-173.
The Death Penalty, in Other Words, Philosophy.Kas Saghafi - 2012 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 50 (s1):136-142.
See Topsy “Ride the Lightning”: The Scopic Machinery of Death.Kelly Oliver - 2012 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 50 (s1):74-94.
Protocol: Death Penalty Addiction.Peggy Kamuf - 2012 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 50 (s1):5-19.
Reading Derrida Reading Derrida: Deconstruction as Self‐Inheritance.Samir Haddad - 2006 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 14 (4):505 – 520.
Kant and Capital Punishment Today.Nelson T. Potter - 2002 - Journal of Value Inquiry 36 (2-3):267-282.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2012-08-10

Total views
31 ( #298,385 of 2,286,545 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
2 ( #595,991 of 2,286,545 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes

Sign in to use this feature