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Derrida's Remains

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/9780823230334.003.0005
Derrida's Remains

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Many salient examples of the words reste, rester, or restance are scattered throughout Derrida's works. Reste and its cognates were important words for him. This chapter cites and discusses three more salient cases, each referring by a silent relay to the others, in a way that is characteristic of Derrida's writing. This abyssal cross-reference makes any example of the word reste or its cognates the ghost, trace, or cinder of all the others, or they hover as specters behind it, with never a solid, bodily, substantial example that can be said to be the founding “source” for the others.

Keywords: Jacques Derrida; death; legacy; reste

Chapter.  13694 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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