A Profession of Faith

J. Hillis Miller

in For Derrida

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230334
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235216 | DOI:
A Profession of Faith

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This chapter attempts to identify Derrida's answer to an urgent question he raises in his work on the university without condition. “To whom, to what,” he asks, am I responsible when I refuse to “reply for my thought or writing” to “constituted powers,” that is, powers of state or institutional powers, such as my university? What justifies my saying “No; I won't do what you ask”? It shows that Derrida's answer is that I have a higher obligation to le tout autre, “the wholly other,” whatever, exactly, that may mean.

Keywords: Jacques Derrida; universality; wholly other

Chapter.  3284 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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