Engage the Enemy

Cynthia Willett

in Difficulties of Ethical Life

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780823229734
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235186 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Engage the Enemy

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This chapter uses comedy to explore the relevance of friendship to contemporary democratic theory. It begins with Jacques Derrida's discussion of friendship in relation to the democracy to come. It demonstrates how the companionships of romantic comedy often serve as miniature form of democracy, for both concerns human imperfection and social interdependence.

Keywords: friendship; remarriage; Jacques Derrida; ethics; democratic theory; democracy; romantic comedy

Chapter.  10591 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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