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Apparitions-Of Derrida's Other (Perspectives in Continental by Kas Saghafi

By Kas Saghafi

The chapters of this publication revolve round the inspiration of the opposite in Jacques Derrida's paintings. How does Derrida write of and at the different? Arguing that Derrida deals the main attentive and dependable brooding about the indisputable adventure of the alterity of the other,Apparitions--of Derrida's different examines exemplary cases of the relation to the other--the relation of Moses to God, Derrida's friendship with Jean-Luc Nancy, Derrida's relation to a lately departed actress stuck on video, between others--to reveal how Derrida forces us to reconceive who or what the opposite might be. For Derrida, the singularity of the opposite, constantly written within the reduce case, comprises not just the formal or logical feel of alterity, the otherness of the human different, but additionally the otherness of the nonliving, the now not dwelling, or the no longer but alive. The publication explores welcoming and hospitality, salutation and greeting, approaching,and mourning as constitutive features of the relation to those others. Addressing Derrida's readings of Husserl, Levinas, Barthes, Blanchot, and Nancy, between different thinkers, and varying throughout a couple of disciplines, together with paintings, literature, philosophy, and faith, this e-book explores the apparitions of the opposite by way of getting to the mode of showing or approaching the scene, the phenomenality and visibility of the opposite. reading a few of Derrida's essays at the visible arts, the publication additionally demonstrates that video and images demonstrate an intimate relation to spectrality,as good as a structural relation to absolutely the singularity of the opposite.

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I would now like to turn to a couple of passages from a long paragraph in “Violence and Metaphysics” where, urging us to reflect upon “Autrui in an artisan-like way,” Derrida’s text indicates a schema for a rereading of Levinas, at least of the terms autrui and l’autre (ED 154/104). Taking note of Derrida’s emphases—he uses the phrase “Il faudrait réfléchir five times on two pages—I would like to show how Derrida subtly questions the prominence and priority of the alterity of Autrui in Levinas’s work (ED 154–55).

Here we arrive at the crux of Derrida’s questioning of Levinas. 21 Derrida is aware that such a question would meet tremendous resistance from Levinas, who would “contest it profoundly” (ED 18 ■ Analogies 155/105). For, according to Levinas, only the interruption of autrui would allow access to the absolute and irreducible alterity of the other. 22 Should a thinking of l’autre be limited to a choice between the invisible transcendence of autrui, Il, or that of a Buberian thou, toi? Is there the possibility of another option?

No dissymmetry would be possible without the symmetrical recognition of the other as ego. Derrida calls this dissymmetry “an economy in a new sense” (ED 185/126). 14 The other cannot be absolutely “absolved” of Derrida Reading Levinas ■ 15 relation to an ego; it cannot be absolutely exterior to the same without ceasing to be other. In other words, the other, even though utterly other, according to Derrida, must have some relation to the same. This would mean that the same cannot be a totality closed in upon itself, “an identity playing with itself with only the appearance of alterity” (ED 186/126).

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