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Friday, December 10, 2004

Is this English...??

Juergen Habermas on his relationship with Derrida:

"Actually, over and beyond all the politics, what connects me to Derrida is the philosophical reference to an author like Kant. Admittedly – and though we’re roughly the same age, our life histories have been very different – what separates us is the later Heidegger. Derrida’s thinking has appropriated the Jewish-inspired perceptions of a Levinas. In Heidegger, I confront a philosopher who failed as a citizen – in 1933 and especially after 1945. But even as a philosopher, he is suspect to me because, in the 1930s, he received Nietzsche precisely as a neo-pagan, as it was then the fashion to do. Unlike Derrida, whose reading of “Andenken” accords with the spirit of monotheistic tradition, I take Heidegger’s botch-job “Seinsdenken” as a leveling of that epochal threshold in the history of consciousness that Jaspers had called the “axial age.” According to my understanding, Heidegger committed treason against that caesura which is marked, in various ways, by the prophetic-awakening Word from Mount Sinai, and by the Enlightenment of a Socrates."

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5 Comments:

At 8:02 PM, Blogger the birds said...

It's hard to think of Heidegger w/o also considering his attachment to National Socialism before the War; the fact that his sense of "home" allowed him to be seduced by the Third Reich is unforgivable. Derrida's development of Heidegger's thoughts on language are interesting, though.

 
At 9:58 PM, Blogger Rachel Natelson said...

"I love this banana bread!"

-- Derrida, upon tasting the aforementioned delicacy at the Film Forum concession stand (a sentiment now enshrined in a laminated placard affixed to the display case)

who says there's no objective truth in text?

 
At 1:56 AM, Blogger JS said...

Say what will about the merits of National Socialism...at least its an ethos.

 
At 3:29 PM, Blogger Rachel Natelson said...

all of these tributes to derrida remind me of what a terrible intellectual huckster he was--i never could care for him and his noxious relativism. some years ago i was considering going to art history grad school, when the big martha nussbaum/judith butler showdown unfolded. naturally, martha slayed her opponent with characteristic flair, assailing derrida as "pernicious" and "simply not worth studying." the best quote to emerge from the tussle was from unreconstructed oxford socialist alan ryan, though:

It is, for instance, pretty suicidal for embattled minorities to embrace Michel Foucault, let alone Jacques Derrida. The minority view was always that power could be undermined by truth ... Once you read Foucault as saying that truth is simply an effect of power, you've had it. ... But American departments of literature, history and sociology contain large numbers of self-described leftists who have confused radical doubts about objectivity with political radicalism, and are in a mess.

needless to say, the berkeley art history department was a lost cause from that point on--i simply couldn't in good conscience drink from the fountain that nourished that poorly-coiffed charlatan and her ilk. and so law school...

 
At 5:00 PM, Blogger JS said...

At least in law school the poorly-coiffed charlatans aren't allowed to influence the real world....oh wait...damn.

 

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