Not historicism: Derrida’s Heidegger Course, s.2

Continuing my summary of Derrida’s 1964-5 seminars on Sein und Zeit. Derrida keeps up a continuous narrative of where he is up to in his narrative. Pedagogically, it’s very useful – he recalls what they discussed the previous time (usually a fortnight before), and he repeats in concise fashion the conclusions that were reached. It doesn’t… Continue reading Not historicism: Derrida’s Heidegger Course, s.2

Derrida’s Heidegger Course, 1964-5, seminar 1

The inquiry into “the question of being” as a guiding thread is distinguished from understanding it as a) Hegelian “refutation” as ontological development in history, and b) any “ontology”, because it is not a matter of seeing the truth of an historical being but of showing why all efforts at ontology essentially miss clarifying the… Continue reading Derrida’s Heidegger Course, 1964-5, seminar 1

Subtitles: seminar 3, Beast and Sovereign I

An interesting exercise: to subtitle Derrida’s seminar. You can see how he puts questions in place in order to frame the main analysis. The centre piece of seminar three is really the juxtaposition between Schmitt and Macchiavelli’s interpretation of what is proper to politics. I’ll publish a proper summary of this soon, but I thought… Continue reading Subtitles: seminar 3, Beast and Sovereign I