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Untread and Untried: Nietzsche Reads Derridemocracy

From: diacritics
Volume 38, Numbers 1-2, Spring-Summer 2008
pp. 158-171 | 10.1353/dia.0.0052



Exploiting puns that reveal suggestive conceptual connections, this article incorporates a reading of Derrida on literature and democracy in a Derridean reading of Nietzsche, that antidemocrat, who offers a link by which to explore some of Derrida's more concealed utterances on the related subjects of futurity, political formations, the will to fiction, and acts of promising. Focusing on Beyond Good and Evil, riding the motif of testing, the question is taken up of a new species of philosopher, “the coming philosophers,” and the problem of the feminine in Nietzsche, which should be grafted onto it, as an opening onto the “to come.”