Derrida and the Inheritance of Democracy
Publication Year: 2013
Derrida and the Inheritance of Democracy provides a theoretically rich and accessible account of Derrida's political philosophy. Demonstrating the key role inheritance plays in Derrida’s thinking, Samir Haddad develops a general theory of inheritance and shows how it is essential to democratic action. He transforms Derrida’s well-known idea of "democracy to come" into active engagement with democratic traditions. Haddad focuses on issues such as hospitality, justice, normativity, violence, friendship, birth, and the nature of democracy as he reads these deeply political writings.
Published by: Indiana University Press
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Title Page, Series Page, Copyright, Dedication
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Table of Contents
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List of Abbreviations
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...this book was written over a number of years, and i have many people to thank for the inspiration, conversations, and help that were essential to its production.First, thanks to david Michael Kleinberg-levin, who, from the very beginning, provided excellent guidance and support, giving extensive feedback on everything he read. i owe an enormous amount to Penelope deutscher, an inspiring philosopher ...
Introduction: Derrida’s Legacies
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...upon Jacques derridaâs death in october 2004, obituaries appeared, memorials were held, conferences were convened, and at least twenty-eight academic journals in disciplines across the humanities published special issues dedicated to his memory. Surveying the published record, one is struck by two dominant themes. The first is that of derridaâs legacy. This theme is not surprising, since raising the question of legacy ...
1: The Structure of Aporia
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...despite the many different topics on which he writes, and the large diversity of authors he reads, derridaâs texts return the reader with insistence to what seems to be the same logical structure. This structure goes by various names, including undecidable, double bind, double constraint, aporia, contradictory injunction, antinomy, and process of autoimmunity. in each case, at stake is a relation between two elements that contradict ...
2: Derridean Inheritance
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Prov.sciding.sc a g.sceneral.sc account of derridaâs understanding of inheritance is not straightforward, for although the theme appears across the entirety of derridaâs oeu-vre, it does so with varying degrees of importance and weight. in the majority of der-ridaâs texts it operates subtly, lightlyâthe words âinheritance,â âheritage,â âheir,â âleg-acy,â and so on are found in all sorts of discussions, yet with little apparent connection ...
3: Inheriting Democracy to Come
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...al.sct.schoug.sch it.sc is plausible to read an implicit negotiation of political themes across derridaâs oeuvre, as he and many commentators have claimed, this is harder to main-tain for the specific case of democracy.1 For democracy was absent in name from der-ridaâs writings for a long time. it only started appearing regularly in his work in the early 1990s, and the majority of these appearances involve a fleeting reference to the ...
4: Questioning Normativity
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...i hav.sce adv.scanced an interpretation of derridaâs writings arguing that inheritance can be understood as a democratic action. inheritance here is taken not to mean just any reception of the past, but a particular strategy of engagement in which the aporias in traditional democratic thought are exposed and amplified. This strategy is what derrida himself promotes through the specific choices he advocates in inheritance, ...
5: Politics of Friendship as Democratic Inheritance
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...i arg.scued in Chapt.scer 3 that derrida theorizes democracy such that inheritance is a democratic act. to be democratic, one needs to inherit. This interpretation, however, left certain questions unanswered. First, given the tension between derridaâs diagnosis of a fundamental ambivalence in the structures underlying democracy and his simul-taneous support for democracy, the place and role of normativity in derridaâs account ...
6: Inheriting Birth
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...in âthe Reason of the Strongest,â derrida again takes up the question of fraternity, this time in relation to the work of Jean-luc nancy. The possibility of this reading had been raised in a long footnote in Politics of Friendship, where derrida questioned the appeal to brotherhood in the inheritance of the nietzschean understanding of com-munity by Bataille, Blanchot, and nancy (PF, 46â48/PA, 56â57). in the later essay der-...
Conclusion: Inheriting Derrida’s Legacies
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...the point.sc t.schat.sc my analysis reaches at the end of the last chapter may seem far from the central concern of this book. on the face of it the themes and figures of mater-nity and the mother, of matricide and the monstrous child, have little connection to democracy. however, if one recalls the role birth plays at the foundation of democratic citizenship, one gets a glimpse of how one might take this analysis forward such that ...
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About the Author
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SaMiR haddad is assistant Professor of Philosophy at Fordham university....
Page Count: 192
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Studies in Continental Thought