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Derrida's <i>Destinerrance</i>

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/9780823230334.003.0003
Derrida's             Destinerrance

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This chapter analyzes destinerrance, a concept, or better, motif, or better still, spatiotemporal figure, that connects intimately with the other salient spatiotemporal figures in Derrida's work. Destinerrance is spatiotemporal because, like many of Derrida's key terms, it is a spatial figure for time. It names a fatal possibility of erring, by not reaching a predefined temporal goal, in terms of wandering away from a predefined spatial goal. The word or the notion of destinerrance appears in a large number of Derrida's works, early and late, and appears in the contexts of quite different topics.

Keywords: Jacques Derrida; destinerrance; neologism

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Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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