Jacques Derrida

Richard Kearney

in Debates in Continental Philosophy

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print August 2004 | ISBN: 9780823223176
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235155 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Jacques Derrida

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Jacques Derrida has nothing against reconciliation. He thinks that people should do whatever they can to reach a reconciliation worthy of that name, be it the end of war, the end of violence, and so on. However, a reconciliation would not be simply a compromise in which the other (as is always the case) in one way or another loses his or her singularity, identity, desire, and so on. Also, a reconciliation will not be simply a sort of “deal” in order to take advantage of the other. The terrain of reconciliation requires a radical change in the world, which Derrida pertains to a revolution of some sort. Any reconciliation of that type requires not only that someone stops the violence through military or political force, or, as they are called, the peacekeeping forces. It requires more—a political change in the minds of the strongest. Derrida also talks about terror, religion, and the new politics.

Keywords: Jacques Derrida; reconciliation; war; violence; political force; peacekeeping forces; political change; terror; religion; new politics

Chapter.  5139 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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