Derrida: Responsibility Without Autonomy

Claire Colebrook

in Philosophy and Post-structuralist Theory

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780748622276
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671663 | DOI:
Derrida: Responsibility Without Autonomy

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This chapter discusses the philosophy of Derrida. Like Heidegger, Derrida argues that the concept of representation is linked to the Western logos and has persistently determined the very character of thought and experience. But Derrida is careful with regard to positing a simple ‘other’ to representation. For there would be several problems with any such outside to the Western logos. Indeed, returning logos to the proximity of the world or a grounding intention (as does phenomenology) is the ‘logocentric’ gesture par excellence; it is yet one more attempt to return all thought to a proper origin. Against the logos — as being's own becoming — Derrida sassert the radical errancy of the gramme, trace, play or writing.

Keywords: metaphysics; logos; representation; necessity; violence; post-structuralism

Chapter.  14339 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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