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From Cruelty to Grausamkeit: Derrida’s Death Penalty Seminar

From Cruelty to Grausamkeit: Derrida’s Death Penalty Seminar Jacques Derrida Séminaire: La peine de mort, 2 vols. Paris: Galilée, vol. i, 1999–2000 (2012), 386 pp; vol. ii, 2000–2001 (2015), 358 pp.It is strange that we, who are capable of so much suffering, should inflict so much suffering.virginia woolf, The WavesReaders of the two volumes of Derrida’s final seminar, The Beast and the Sovereign, will already have been convinced that at the very end of his life Derrida was at the peak of his powers. The two-year seminar that precedes the seminar on our animal others, dedicated to the theme of the death penalty and to the history of philosophy as a history of blood, will confirm this view. Volume i contains the transcription of the 1999–2000 seminar, volume ii the transcription of the years 2000–2001, and both volumes show Derrida at his best.1Perhaps only one additional preliminary remark. Year after year I was unfortunate enough to hear repeatedly the sophomoric complaint that Derrida was “not political enough,” a judgment pronounced by folks who were invariably political enough. Yet these final seminars by Derrida, on the death penalty and on animal life, are surely the most powerful political statements by a philosopher in our time. They are not http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Research in Phenomenology Brill

From Cruelty to Grausamkeit: Derrida’s Death Penalty Seminar

Research in Phenomenology , Volume 47 (2): 34 – Jun 14, 2017

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Jacques Derrida Séminaire: La peine de mort, 2 vols. Paris: Galilée, vol. i, 1999–2000 (2012), 386 pp; vol. ii, 2000–2001 (2015), 358 pp.It is strange that we, who are capable of so much suffering, should inflict so much suffering.virginia woolf, The WavesReaders of the two volumes of Derrida’s final seminar, The Beast and the Sovereign, will already have been convinced that at the very end of his life Derrida was at the peak of his powers. The two-year seminar that precedes the seminar on our animal others, dedicated to the theme of the death penalty and to the history of philosophy as a history of blood, will confirm this view. Volume i contains the transcription of the 1999–2000 seminar, volume ii the transcription of the years 2000–2001, and both volumes show Derrida at his best.1Perhaps only one additional preliminary remark. Year after year I was unfortunate enough to hear repeatedly the sophomoric complaint that Derrida was “not political enough,” a judgment pronounced by folks who were invariably political enough. Yet these final seminars by Derrida, on the death penalty and on animal life, are surely the most powerful political statements by a philosopher in our time. They are not

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Published: Jun 14, 2017

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