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From Now On

Peggy Kamuf

in To Follow

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780748641543
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652136 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641543.003.0009
From Now On

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The essay Béliers (‘Rams’), which takes its title from the poem by Celan, was a lecture given at a memorial for Hans–Georg Gadamer in Heidelberg. Before it cites the poem for the first time come the lines that speak of the surviving friend who remains alone, alone responsible for ‘bearing both the other and his world, the vanished other and the vanished world . . . from now on’. Italics underscore the definite article: the world, and it is indeed with this thought of the world vanishing and ending with every singular death that Derrida defies commonplace arithmetic and sentiment, according to which only a part of the world disappears when someone dies, or else, as is often said, a world comes to an end.

Keywords: Béliers; Rams; Jacques Derrida; world; death

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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