Tribute to Derrida

Amy Hollywood

in Saintly Influence

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230877
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235612 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Tribute to Derrida

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This chapter raises the concern that some of the practices we think perform saintly influence may be repressive. Thinking through the intersection of Jacques Derrida's, Yosef Yerushalmi's, and Anna Freud's remarks on the Jewishness of psychoanalysis, it is argued that Yerushalmi and even Derrida — despite his best intentions — are so invested in interpreting Freud along a certain line that Anna Freud becomes only a cipher for her father. Derrida's agreement with Freud that history is structured according to the Oedipus complex (and the fratricidal myth of the primal horde) continues to silence the voices of women. This risks the conclusion that it is impossible to throw a wrench into the gears of patriarchy, and that the future is less undetermined than we might hope.

Keywords: Edith Wyschogrod; saintly influence; Jacques Derrida; Yosef Yerushalmi; Anna Freud; Jewishness; patriarchy

Chapter.  3857 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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