Critical Inquiry 14 (3):590-652 (1988)
Unable to respond to the questions, to all the questions, I will ask myself instead whether responding is possible and what that would mean in such a situation. And I will risk in turn several questions prior to the definition of a responsibility. But is it not an act to assume in theory the concept of a responsibility? Is that not already to take a responsibility? One’s own as well as the responsibility to which one believes one ought to summon others?The title names a war. Which war?Do not think only of the war that broke out several months ago around some articles signed by a certain Paul de Man, in Belgium between 1940 and 1942. Later you will understand why it is important to situate the beginning of things public, that is the publications, early in 1940 at the latest, during the war but before the occupation of Belgium by the Nazis, and not in December 1940, the date of the first article that appeared in Le Soir, the major Brussels newspaper that was then controlled, more or less strictly, by the occupiers. For several months, in the United States, the phenomena of this war “around” Pula de Man have been limited to newspaper articles. War, a public act, is by rights something declared. So we will not count in the category of war the private phenomena—meetings, discussions, correspondences, or telephonic conclaves—however intense they may have been in recent days, and already well beyond the American academic milieu. Jacques Derrida is Directeur d’Études at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales and also teaches at the University of California, Irvine. A teacher at Yale for ten years, he is the author of Mémoires: for Paul de Man .Peggy Kamuf is associate professor of French at Miami University. She is the author of Fictions of Feminism Desire: Disclosures of Heloise and Signature Pieces: On the Institution of Authorship . Her article “Pieces of Resistance” is forthcoming in Reading de Man Reading
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Derrida's Responsibility: Autobiography, the Teaching of the Vulnerable, Diary Fragments.Zelia Gregoriou - 1995 - Educational Theory 45 (3):311-335.
Derrida and the Heidegger Controversy: Global Friendship Against Racism.Mark Bevir - 2000 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 3 (1):121-138.
Derrida and the Holocaust: A Commentary on the Philosophy of Cinders.Robert Eaglestone - 2002 - Angelaki 7 (2):27 – 38.
Similar books and articles
Sound Sentiment: An Essay on the Musical Emotions, Including the Complete Text of the Corded Shell.Peter Kivy - 1989 - Temple University Press.
Review of Jacques Derrida, Peggy Kamuf (Ed.), Elizabeth Rottenberg (Ed.), Psyche: Inventions of the Other, Volume I. [REVIEW]Paul Patton - 2008 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2008 (5).
On Warwick Fox's Assessment of Deep Ecology.Harold Glasser - 1997 - Environmental Ethics 19 (1):69-85.
On Riley's Response to Shell's Essay, "Kant's Theory of Property".Susan Meld Shell - 1979 - Political Theory 7 (1):143-144.
The Evolution of Shell's Stakeholder Approach.Jane Wei-Skillern - 2004 - Business Ethics Quarterly 14 (4):713-728.
Review: Shell, Kant and the Limits of Autonomy. [REVIEW]Paul Guyer - 2010 - Kantian Review 15 (2):138-147.
An Experiment on the Expressiveness of Shell and Textile 'Montages.'.Ivy G. Campbell-Fisher - 1950 - Journal of Experimental Psychology 40 (4):523.
Activity of Closed D-Shells in Noble Metal Atoms.Octavio Novaro - 2004 - Foundations of Chemistry 7 (3):241-268.
Money, Language, and Thought: Literary and Philosophic Economies From the Medieval to the Modern Era.Marc Shell - 1982 - Johns Hopkins University Press.
Moral Toleration and Deep Reconciliation.Robert Paul Churchill - 2007 - Philosophy in the Contemporary World 14 (1):99-112.
Added to index2014-01-17
Total downloads14 ( #329,731 of 2,158,312 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #355,511 of 2,158,312 )
How can I increase my downloads?