With My Hand over My Heart, Looking You Right in the Eyes, I Promise Myself to You …

Leonard Lawlor

in The Implications of Immanence

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780823226535
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235742 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

With My Hand over My Heart, Looking You             Right in the Eyes, I Promise Myself to You …

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This chapter examines the new “deconstruction of phenomenology” found in Le Toucher, in the chapter called “Tangent II.” It attempts to show the continuity between this recent text and Voice and Phenomenon. As in Chapter 6 of Voice and Phenomenon, in “Tangent II” of Le Toucher there is a critique of the idea that one can have “a pure experience of one's own body” (LT 201). It should be noted that, throughout Le Toucher, Derrida renders German Leib as le corps proper (“one's own body”), although Leib is commonly translated into French as la chair (“flesh”). Derrida's translation shows what is at stake here. Inside of my own, proper body, there is the contamination of the improper, of what is not my own; there is the contamination of others. The chapter seeks to understand the philosophy of the heart that animates this entire book (cf. LT 47-48). This “cardiology” is connected to the movement in Derrida's thinking from a consideration of the question (as in the question of being) to the promise (as in the promise of justice), from, in other words, ontology (or phenomenological ontology) to eschatology. It is argued that Derrida's type of critique of phenomenology always results in eschatology.

Keywords: Derrida; phenomenology; Le Toucher; Tangent II; Voice and Phenomenon; Lieb

Chapter.  6566 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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