A Derrida Dictionary by Niall Lucy

By Niall Lucy

This Dictionary bargains issues of access into Derrida’s advanced and wide works.

* This Dictionary deals issues of access into Derrida’s advanced and vast works.
* From ‘aporia’ to ‘yes’, the Dictionary indicates methods into Derrida that exhibit what's at stake in his paintings.
* Demonstrates that Derrida isn't just approximately philosophy, but in addition approximately politics and pa tune.
* Explains why deconstruction concerns, and the way Derrida can swap how you imagine.
* The A-Z entries are framed through essays at the inherent interdisciplinarity of Derrida’s paintings and on Derrida’s courting to a number different thinkers.

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Their sense of identity – their spectrality – would be of an order invoked by the title of one of Funkadelic’s best-known songs, ‘One Nation under a Groove’. Since a ‘groove’ cannot be objectified, quantified or calculated, yet isn’t totally unreal or imaginary either, we can say it is spectral. But it doesn’t follow from this that deconstruction has nothing to do with body politics, as if all it had to offer were some kind of out-ofbody experience of the political by calling us to forswear thinking for dancing.

Defined from within the metaphysics of presence, however, events always appear as things in themselves, and not as things that have been made or produced. According to the metaphysical concept of event, every event happens outside of the text, outside of representation. In practice, though, certain normalizing procedures – of language, politics, the media, etc. – produce certain occurrences as events, and overlook the event-ness of others. Outside a certain spectral community of those for whom music is vital to their sense of being in the world, and not simply a commodity, it would seem to be drawing a long bow to claim any world-historical significance for what happened at the Dylan concert in the Manchester Free Trade Hall on 17 May 1966.

Derrida’s problem with the Enlightenment, if he has one, is not that its democratic promise of a better future may be criticized for being masculinist or Eurocentric (which is not to say it can’t be), but that the promise is founded on an uncritical acceptance of the self-present rationality of the sovereign subject. To the extent that this acceptance is uncritical (a foundational article of Enlightenment faith), then it is also anti-Enlightenment. Hence for deconstruction to be critical of such assent (in so far as deconstruction can be called a critique of the metaphysics of presence) would mean it could never be opposed to the Enlightenment, which taught us to value being critical – and also to value rights, independence, justice, democracy and the like.

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