Absolute Mourning: It Is Jacques You Mourn For

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:
Absolute Mourning: It Is             Jacques You Mourn For

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This chapter explores the word or concept of mourning (deuil), especially the enigmatic phrase “absolute mourning [deuil absolu]” in Le toucher, Jean-Luc Nancy. This necessarily means coming back from a different angle or way of access to the central notions in Le toucher of metonymy, ecotechnics, prosthesis, the body, the impossibility of touch, and so on, already discussed from a different perspective in Chapter 11. This will be a little like coming back to the same crossroads by different access roads. Le toucher is not so much a sequential argument as many nodes of metonymic variations on a single set of intertwined themes, inexhaustibly reinvestigated, as if in an always unsuccessful attempt to “get it right” in a final satisfactory formulation of all these motifs in their interconnection.

Keywords: Jacques Derrida; Le toucher Jean-Luc Nancy; mourning

Chapter.  9695 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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