Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-viii

Contents

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pp. ix-x

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xii

The essays collected in this book were written over a number of years, many of them arising from my participation in the project undertaken by Michael Naas and Pascale-Anne Brault to translate and to collect Jacques Derrida’s various “texts of mourning,” which...

Abbreviations

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pp. xiii-xviii

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——duction

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pp. 1-4

What does it mean to introduce a book of essays? How does an introduction generally function? What is the role of the introduction in academic books? Do all books require an introduction? These questions are, of course, neither new nor profound. In a book...

Part I: Analogies

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“An Almost Unheard-of Analogy”

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pp. 7-28

This is the demand—the appeal—that Moses addresses to God. In the well-known passage from the Book of Exodus, Moses is said to implore God: “I beseech thee, show me thy glory” (Exod. 33:18 AV). However, his entreaty is swiftly denied when God...

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This Monstrous Figure without Figure or Face

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pp. 29-49

And yet, what kind of shape or “form” does the monstrous have? No anticipation can prepare one to identify this figure, this “formless” form for which one does not yet have, perhaps never will have, a name. That which cannot be figured, the...

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"‘Ça’ me regarde” Regarding Responsibility in Derrida

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pp. 50-62

Three texts and three looks; three scenes of repetition—the repetition of a spectral regard whose look cannot be returned—and three singular instances of the relation to the other—Abraham’s relation to God, the...

Part II: Apparitions

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The Ghost of Jacques Derrida

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pp. 65-82

“Here, now, yes, believe me, I believe in ghosts [crois-moi, je crois aux fantômes].”1 So declares Jacques Derrida, recounting the words of another, words that were once pronounced to him by Pascale Ogier during the filming of the movie Ghost Dance.2 These...

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Phantasmaphotography

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pp. 83-98

The black orb has me in its sight. At the turn of almost every page a solid black point aims at me straight in the eye. The punctum, the absolute singularity of the other, points at me. Pierced and punctured by its gaze, like the stare of Cyclops’s eye, I am...

Part III: Approaches

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By the Board: Derrida Approaching Blanchot

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pp. 119-127

How to approach the board, that is, the edge, the rim, the borderline, or the shore, a shore that is divided in its very outline? How to approach a text or a work? How to approach the text...

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Salut-ations: Between Derrida and Nancy

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pp. 128-146

How else to remember and commemorate a great thinker who touched us so, a thinker whom we knew, without knowing, as a living force, a thinker whom we observed from a distance mourn and watch over the work of friends and colleagues? How else than...

Notes

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pp. 147-198

Index

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pp. 199-202

Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

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pp. 203-206