Lacoue-Labarthe between Derrida and Blanchot

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

Lacoue-Labarthe between Derrida and             Blanchot

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The representational other of this recurrent presentation, inseparably associated with it, is in one sense always capable of assimilating it to itself. Movement itself then becomes a subject of philosophy, one whose incessant return hyperbology also marks. In the end, though, in the very “positivities” of its designation—as neuter, as an “it”—it arguably “tips over” into assimilation to a represented subject, the very “other” that Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe refrains carefully from anointing as successor to the subject, or even as “Who?”. Admitting that “something is always escaping outside me”, Lacoue-Labarthe forgoes formally the pursuit of that something, knowing that to locate it is merely to initiate again the cycle of its restless escape. He permits it instead to depart, since in departing it might become perceptible, as a sensation of powerlessness before the mobility of representation.

Keywords: philosophy; hyperbology; Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe; powerlessness; representation; presentation; movement

Chapter.  13499 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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