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The Late Derrida

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/9780823230334.003.0004
The Late Derrida

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This chapter argues that Derrida's latest seminars constitute an energetic resistance to becoming the late Derrida. This just makes him later than ever, further and further away from his announced goal. All of us will ultimately be late, really late. To reach the goal, to be on time, would be to be dead, so Derrida keeps talking, not to reach the goal, but to avoid reaching the goal. He must keep being late in order to avoid being late. The later he is the better, until finally he is, alas, on time. The train comes to the lonely station, and he becomes the late Derrida. At that point, nothing remains but his remains.

Keywords: Jacques Derrida; late; goal; seminar

Chapter.  7906 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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