67 Presence and Appropriation Derrida and the Question of an Overcoming of Metaphysical Language* DOMINIQUE JANICAUD Universite de Nice ... verlerne dich und jede Stelle wo du noch eine Heimat siehst.... ' Gottfried Bennl 1 It would be foolish on my part to deny the difficulty of trying to deal with Jac- ques Derrida's work in one short paper. But, of course length has nothing to do with it, since the actual difficulty lies in the hermeneutical conditions of the ap- proach. Let us try to start: how is Derrida to be understood? Is it possible, at all? Is not. Derrida, especially since La dissémination and Glas, more and more difficult, enigmatic, disconcerting? Though everybody knows that contemporary thinkers-like musicians and painters-are less easily intelligible than their forerunners, one is reluctant to be paralysed on the threshold of the work. I sup- pose that many literary scholars are in such a situation when they try to read Derrida, since I have found philosophers in such a difficult state. Rest assured that I will not provide you with a fairy's wand to guide you through the labyrinth. I will only try to ask Jacques Derrida two questions at the
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