“Don't Count Me In”: Derrida's Refraining

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:
“Don't Count Me             In”: Derrida's Refraining

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This chapter argues that for Derrida, the opposition between institution and counter-institution is not really an opposition. It is, rather, a question of supplementarity. The counter-institution supplements the institution by more adequately fulfilling its goals, that is, the goals of a collective working together on the basis of some kind of consensus. At the same time, the counter-institution brings into the open what keeps the institution from ever fulfilling its goals. No doubt the counter-institutions Derrida founded or helped found were attempts to institutionalize deconstruction and its abyssal basis in respect for the otherness of every other. Nevertheless, a counter-institution is still an institution, with its own destined incompletion. That may explain why Derrida tended to remain for so short a time in each of his counter-institutions.

Keywords: Jacques Derrida; third; institution; counter-institution

Chapter.  7424 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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