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Genealogy and Différance

Genealogy and Différance 55 Genealogy and Différance CHARLES E. SCOTT Vanderbilt University Derrida says that différance is an nonhistorical word, but calls on Heraclitus, Hegel, Nietzsche, Saussure, and Heidegger in his essay by that name to provide context and lineage for his discussion. Further, his use of these five authors and his strategies for thinking in relation to différance themselves are within traceable lineages. I shall trace a part of this lineage in the context of the "nonhistorical" word in order to see how we might read "nonhistorical" in a context of genealogy. In this way, we shall consider how genealogical thought is not "historical" in the usual narrative sense of the word by virture of the role of such "concepts" as transgression, vacuum, and breach. In this process we shall see that while différance is not "historical," it is in a lineage which defines the space of its nonhistory. The genealogical approach is itself a part of this lineage which Derrida traces. ' The Functions of Genealogy (A) THE FUNCTION OF SELF-OVERCOMING IN NIETZSCHE'S TEXTS I choose Nietzsche because in his genealogies there is no identity, no absolute, that defines the movements and spaces of thought. Self-overcoming in his genealogies http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Research in Phenomenology Brill

Genealogy and Différance

Research in Phenomenology , Volume 20 (1): 55 – Jan 1, 1990

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© 1990 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0085-5553
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10.1163/156916490X00045
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55 Genealogy and Différance CHARLES E. SCOTT Vanderbilt University Derrida says that différance is an nonhistorical word, but calls on Heraclitus, Hegel, Nietzsche, Saussure, and Heidegger in his essay by that name to provide context and lineage for his discussion. Further, his use of these five authors and his strategies for thinking in relation to différance themselves are within traceable lineages. I shall trace a part of this lineage in the context of the "nonhistorical" word in order to see how we might read "nonhistorical" in a context of genealogy. In this way, we shall consider how genealogical thought is not "historical" in the usual narrative sense of the word by virture of the role of such "concepts" as transgression, vacuum, and breach. In this process we shall see that while différance is not "historical," it is in a lineage which defines the space of its nonhistory. The genealogical approach is itself a part of this lineage which Derrida traces. ' The Functions of Genealogy (A) THE FUNCTION OF SELF-OVERCOMING IN NIETZSCHE'S TEXTS I choose Nietzsche because in his genealogies there is no identity, no absolute, that defines the movements and spaces of thought. Self-overcoming in his genealogies

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Published: Jan 1, 1990

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