Starting over

Simon Glendinning

in Derrida

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780192803450
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191775796 | DOI:

Series: Very Short Introductions

Starting over

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‘Starting over’ quotes Derrida on his fears — and implied hopes — for his readers: ‘Because I still like him, I can foresee the impatience of the bad reader: this is the way I name or accuse the fearful reader … in a hurry to be determined, decided upon deciding (in order to annul, in other words to bring back to oneself, one has to wish to know in advance what to expect, one wishes to expect what has happened, one wishes to expect (oneself)). Now, it is bad … to predestine one's reading, it is always bad to foretell. It is bad, reader, no longer to like retracing one's steps.’

Keywords: nature; Other; David Wiggins

Chapter.  189 words. 

Subjects: 20th-Century Philosophy

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