The Ghost <i>of</i> Jacques Derrida

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

The Ghost of Jacques               Derrida

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This chapter takes up Jacques Derrida's avowal of belief in ghosts, not simply to explain the significance of “ghosts”, simulacra, doubles, hence images, in Derrida's work and to show their relation to death and mourning nor to draw merely an analogy between the structure of doubles or simulacra and what we may call “synthetic” images but also in order to scrutinize each part of the expression “Believe me, I believe in ghosts”. This phrase would oblige one not only to attend to the performative force of “Believe me” but also to think the alliance between the image, the ghostly, and belief. The aporetic rapport between faith (religious and fiduciary) and technics, in every attestation and testimony, would bring to the fore the credit one accords the image.

Keywords: belief; ghosts; simulacra; doubles; images; death; faith

Chapter.  8172 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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