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Who or What Decides, for Derrida: A Catastrophic Theory of Decision

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823230334.003.0002
Who or What Decides, for Derrida:             A Catastrophic Theory of Decision

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This chapter addresses the question: Who or what decides? How, for Derrida, does a bona fide decision take place? Decision is analyzed in many places in Derrida's work, particularly in the late work. The chapter focuses “micrologically” on what seems to be Derrida's fullest and most elaborate expression of what he means by “decision.” This is an intricate sequence in “Force of Law” (Force de loi). It begins with an apparently peripheral subquestion. Can a decision be a catastrophe? If so, in what sense?

Keywords: Jacques Derrida; decision; Force of Law; catastrophe

Chapter.  8875 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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