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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It would be impossible to deny the increasing importance of Jean-Luc Nancy as an interlocutor for Jacques Derrida. Their incontestable proximity, or affinity, became more intense and accelerated after the publication of Derrida's majestic tome on Nancy's work, Le toucher, Jean-Luc Nancy, in 2000. Since then, one could trace numerous occasions or places where each winks at the other's work, where their writings have crossed. This crossing of terms or concepts that have passed back and forth between the two thinkers, such as “community”, “fraternity”, and “freedom”, this constant saluting and hailing (saluer) of each other, was also accompanied by the crossing of paths at numerous conferences where they both shared the stage. Not only has a constant salutation been taking place between the two thinkers, but the very term salut, what Derrida has elsewhere called “that strange French word salut”, also became a theme, a part of the textual relation between the two thinkers.

Keywords: Jean-Luc Nancy; Jacques Derrida; community; fraternity; freedom; salutation; salut

Chapter.  8840 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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