Describing the Subject of Paradoxes and Echoes

John Martis

in Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780823225347
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235490 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Describing the Subject of Paradoxes and             Echoes

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It seems that some account of “resurgent” structural subjectivity might be extracted from Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe's texts on subjectal loss, and perhaps it is worth exploring this theme of return. A subject in desistance is one that is in withdrawal, in the sense either of withdrawing itself or of being withdrawn, or, better still, in the sense of remaining nicely balanced between these alternatives. The construal of figured desistance as part and parcel of the undecidability of desistance itself in one sense settles the question of its significance and even assimilates it to the overall theory of subjectal loss for which desistance stands. Later, however, subjectal return, as return, will be seen to have more robust life, bound up with the possibility that representation might be presentable otherwise: as presentation.

Keywords: subjectivity; Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe; subjectal loss; desistance; subjectal return; presentation

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