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

Two historicities: Painting & Speech

Painting and language provide two modes of a living historicity, which lead us to understanding the interweaving of all experience.[1] What is distinct in them as modes? What finally justifies their comparison and ultimate unity? How are the historical bands specific to each kind of expression? What differentiates painting as visible and speech as audible… Continue reading Two historicities: Painting & Speech

Winds have changed

Reading Heidegger today. It’s tangible; the winds have changed. Just a few years ago, you could work on Heidegger without thinking about his politics. That is completely impossible today. I don’t think it’s because what we know about the man has changed all that much (you know, with publishing his notebooks, so many incriminating comments,… Continue reading Winds have changed

On expression

Expression can then be first roughly described of as a kind of making public or visible through a bodily action. This captures something of gestural expressions and labour, as well as linguistic utterances. In expression, there is literally a pressing-outwards of something that was not yet visible that was contained in the inner life of… Continue reading On expression