A Derrida Reader: Between the Blinds by Peggy Kamuf

By Peggy Kamuf

This is often the single on hand selection of Jacques Derrida's contributions to philosophy, awarded with a complete advent. From Speech and Phenomena to the hugely influential "Signature occasion Context," every one excerpt contains an summary and short precis.

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If only in order to be able to point to the ways in which it is constantly overrun. Consider, for example, the fact that the Mallarme text, Mimique, which is featured in "The Double Session" may be read as concerning the mime drama of a jealous husband's murderous revenge for his wife's infidelity. This would be the mime's "subject," but one that, as Derrida is concerned to show, is constantly retreating from the stage of the present behind a series xi Introduction of textual veils or folds. Its presence is absolutely held in reserve, which is to say, it is always already past.

This Zwecklosigkeit of inward communication is the nonalterity, the nondifference in the identity of presence as self-presence. Of course this concept of presence not only involves the enigma of a being appearing in absolute proximity to itself; it also designates the temporal essence of this proximity-which does not serve to dispel the enigma. The self-presence of experience must be produced in the present taken as a now. And this is just what Husserl says: If "mental acts" are not announced to themselves through the intermediary of a "Kundgabe," 10 if they do not have to be informed about themselves through the intermediary of indications, it is because they are "lived by us in the same instant" (im selben Augenblick).

3 ro, modified). Signs would be foreign to this self-presence, which is the ground of presence in general. It is because signs are foreign to the selfpresence of the living present that they may be called foreign to presence in general in (what is currently styled) intuition or perception. If the representation of indicative speech in the monologue is false, it is because it is useless; this is the ultimate basis of the argumentation in this section (§ 8) of the First Investigation. If the subject indicates nothing to himself, it is because he cannot do so, and he cannot do so because there is no need of it.

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