Derrida Enisled

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:
Derrida Enisled

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This chapter proposes three hypotheses: (1) Heidegger defined the human being as Dasein, “being there.” It is suggested that the assumptions in a fiction or in a critical-theoretical-philosophical text about the nature of Dasein and about the mode of access each Dasein has to others, in what Heidegger called Mitsein, tends to be consonant with the concept of community each such writer has. (2) Unless you begin with the assumption that Dasein is in some way or another fundamentally and primordially Mitsein or Mitdasein, you cannot easily think your way out of an assumption of Dasein's essential solitude to a conception of community as “being with.” (3) Jacques Derrida is unusual, if not unique, in explicitly denying that Dasein is Mitsein. His concepts of ethics and of community are consonant with this assumption of each ego's inescapable solitude. According to Derrida, I remain alone, on my own, however much I may be open to the ethical demand each other, though “wholly other,” makes on me.

Keywords: Jacques Derrida; Dasein; Heidegger; Mitsein

Chapter.  14385 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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