Radical Atheism and Unconditional Responsibility

Derek Attridge

in Reading and Responsibility

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780748640089
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652112 | DOI:
Radical Atheism and Unconditional Responsibility

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This chapter reports one of the most important of recent re-readings of Jacques Derrida, that of Martin Hägglund. Hägglund lucidly delineates the argument by means of which Derrida problematises the desire for plenitude in its various guises, and, on the strength of this clarity of insight, offers trenchant critiques of a number of interpretations of Derridean thought that simplify or distort it. His account of hospitality is then explored. Hägglund has shown superbly how Derrida's account of time underlies his explorations of the ethical topics, and how unlike traditional ethical postures the results are; but what is missing from his account is Derrida's reinvention of ethics, a philosophical adventure that was not divorced, as many who knew him can testify, from his own practice of living.

Keywords: Jacques Derrida; Martin Hägglund; radical atheism; ethics; Derridean thought

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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