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In his essay Derrida and the Promise of Community Lawrence Burns describes Derrida’s early work on the speech act in relationship to his later work on the function of the promise. Burns places this writing within a system of ethics and points out that Derrida’s deconstruction of the promise of writing is that it will inevitably be placed and approached in different contexts, thus opening its answerablity to an incalculable community of readers. Burns, however, takes issue with Derrida’s emphasis on the expansion of this community to come, by drawing from the writing of Paul Ricoeur, who’s philosophy of ethics sees the promise as existing within the “pragmatic context of face to face dialogue.” (more…)

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