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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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This chapter's approach to Jacques Derrida's text is animated by a number of interrelated questions: How do Derrida's essays in Parages, in particular “Pas” and “Survivre”, allow one to make sense of the usage of the term “the other [l'autre]” in Maurice Blanchot's work? How are the other and alterity broached in Blanchot's récits? The chapter shows that the passages chosen by Derrida from Blanchot's récits are exemplary instances of the relation to the other. “Pas” and “Survivre”, in particular, highlight moments of the encounter with the other and show that the other is approached in terms of a pas sans pas. Derrida's reading of Blanchot is itself an exemplary case of welcoming and negotiating with the other—with an other, with the utterly other, and with alterity in general.

Keywords: Jacques Derrida; Maurice Blanchot; Parages; récits; other; alterity

Chapter.  12392 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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