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Leonard Lawlor’s “From the Trace to the Law: Derridean Politics,” aims to situate Derrida’s later political engagements in terms of his earlier work on language, namely how Derrida’s work in political theory is informed by his critique of metaphysics. By focusing on Derrida’s insistence on the irreducible metaphoricity of language, as well as his concepts of the trace and iterability, Lawlor provides such a background. It is the practice of deconstruction, says Lawlor, that aims to free this irreducible metaphoricity of language that has been trapped by metaphysics within the “identity of concepts.” (more…)


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Personally, I enjoyed this essay quite a bit. Obviously, anyone who is considering a final paper on Specters would find this essay helpful for their research. However, less obviously, it would be of interest to anyone who wants to know more about the thinkers that influence Derrida’s work (or, more precisely, the thinkers that Derrida shares a parasitic relationship with!). To the latter end, it is easy to digest because the essay focuses on the single motif of the promise rather than a broad account of Derrida’s interactions with other major works/thinkers. This is only my impression, but, for those who are interested, I think Lawlor’s attention to Levinas throughout the essay is quite effective (although my summary that here is a little hasty).


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Summary post by Anderson Mackenzie : This essay is a chapter taken from Critchley’s book, The Ethics of Deconstruction. The major project for the book as a whole is to illustrate Critchley’s contention that deconstruction, as a method of reading philosophy, necessarily involves an ethical demand. In an earlier chapter of the book Critchley makes clear that the notion of ethics which the deconstructive method correlates to is not that of philosophical tradition but rather that of Levinas. “Clotural Readings II” is the fourth chapter in the book; it engages Levinas’s readings of Derrida’s work in order to follow Levinas as he attempts to discern and describe the ethical position of the deconstructive method. (more…)

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