Counter-Institution, Counter-Deconstruction

Simon Morgan Wortham

in Counter-Institutions

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780823226658
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235131 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Counter-Institution,                   Counter-Deconstruction

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This chapter, rather than starting to build a prospective model of the counter-institution in view of the predicament the university finds itself in today, explores this other or “counter” temporality, the temporality not just of the counter-institution but of the “counter” itself: a “counter” logic, force, movement, rhythm. It begins by showing why one cannot simply force a “counter” logic or movement, a counter-institution, to “be quick about it,” or call for counter-institutions in such an unequivocal way. Yet, as the analysis proceeds or unfolds, it also suggests that the “counter” begins by coming back, promising to answer the call along the lines of a certain artifactuality or actuvirtuality, or in other words, by way of complex effects of spectrality, virtuality, the as if, and the tele-effect, which together haunt our electronic communications networks and computerized systems.

Keywords: Jacques Derrida; counter; counter-institution; university; artifactuality; actuvirtuality; spectrality; virtuality; tele-effect

Chapter.  8020 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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