Kas Saghafi

in Apparitions—Of Derrida's Other

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780823231621
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235094 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy


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Since the other resists conceptualization or thematization, it would never be a matter, this book suggests, of providing an exhaustive account of the descriptions of the other in Jacques Derrida's work but rather of how the other is written, each time singularly. The other, whose appearance appears without appearing, effaces itself in its coming. A thinking of the other—as that which never fully comes to presence, as that which does not present itself as such, and as that to which no direct access is possible—necessitates a new approach to appearing, visibility, and phenomenality in general. The other, then, never appears as such, yet one could say it appears as an apparition. An apparition, as Derrida uses this term in his writings, names the appearance, the coming to appear, of something and a phantomatic or ghostly form. Apparition thus names the structural instability between appearing and (“mere”) appearance.

Keywords: thematization; other; appearance; phenomenality; apparition

Chapter.  1802 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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