Jacques Derrida's Language (Bin Laden on the Telephone)

Nicholas Royle

in In Memory of Jacques Derrida

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780748632954
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671625 | DOI:
Jacques Derrida's Language (Bin Laden on the Telephone)

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This chapter describes the way Jacques Derrida writes as compared with certain other contemporaries. The title of this chapter alludes to a brief text called ‘Language (Le Monde on the Telephone)’. This chapter also was presented as the transcription of a telephone conversation between Derrida and the editor, but actually it is a hoax. Derrida concludes his counter-hoax call by advocating a ‘pragmatics’ of language. It is inconceivable to interpret ‘Jacques Derrida's language’ without considering the place of the so-called unconscious. He told his colleagues that Bin Laden may have a nuclear device. He had heard about it through his mobile phone from Paris. Moreover, an evocation of Derrida, which is the alleged transcription of what he says on the phone to a stranger, is presented.

Keywords: Jacques Derrida; Language; telephone conversation; Bin Laden; nuclear device

Chapter.  11280 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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