By Jacques Derrida
"My death—is it possible?"
That is the query requested, explored, and analyzed in Jacques Derrida's new ebook. "Is my loss of life possible?" How is that this query to be understood? How and through whom can or not it's requested, can it's quoted, can or not it's a suitable query, and will it's requested within the acceptable second, the instant of "my death"? one of many aporetic studies touched upon during this seminal essay is the very unlikely, but unavoidable event that "my death" can by no means topic to an adventure that may be appropriately mine, that i will have, and account for, but that there's, whilst, not anything toward me and extra correctly mine than "my death."
This booklet bears a unique importance simply because in it Derrida makes a speciality of a topic that has knowledgeable the entire of his paintings as much as the current. For the final thirty years, Derrida has again and again, in quite a few contexts and numerous methods, broached the query of aporia. Making it his critical predicament right here Derrida stakes out a brand new frontier, at which the controversy along with his paintings needs to happen any more: the talk in regards to the aporia among singularity and generality, in regards to the nationwide, linguistic, and cultural specificity of expertise and the trans-national, trans-cultural legislations that protects this specificity of expertise and of the need to proceed operating within the culture of critique and of the assumption of critique, but the corresponding necessity to go beyond it with out compromising it; the aporetical legal responsibility to host the foreigner and the alien and but to admire him, her, or it as foreign.
The international or the foreigner has continually been thought of a determine of dying, and loss of life a determine of the international. How this determine has been taken care of within the analytic of demise in Heidegger's Being in Time is explored through Derrida in analytical travel de strength that won't fail to set new criteria for the dialogue of Heidegger and for facing philosophical texts, with their limits and their aporias. The designated dialogue of the theoretical presuppositions of contemporary cultural histories of demise (Ariès, for instance) and of mental theorizations of demise (including Freud's) expand the scope of Derrida's research and point out the effect of the aporia of "my death" for any attainable conception.
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His possible belief in immortality, his irresistible interest in the beyond, in gods or spirits, what makes survival structure every instant in a kind of irreducible torsion, the torsion of a retrospective anticipa tion that introduces the untimely moment and the posthumous in the most alive of the present living thing, the rearview mirror of a waiting-for-death [s'attendre-a-la mort] at every moment, and the future anterior that precedes even the present, which it only seems to modifY, all this stems first from his mortality, Heidegger would say.
As for inauthentic existence, which evades the proper possibility of death, Heidegger defines it as untruth (Unwahrheit), both in context and in others (§§44, 222). When one speaks dying, everything thus happens at the limits of truth and untruth. In order to approach this limit further, we must move to the second series of statements, which we described above as the aporetic supplement of the first series. This second series is an aporetic supplement because it is in the same sentence, in the interrupted unity of the same propositional Aporias Awaiting (at) the Arrival syntax in a way, that the impossibility adds an impossible comple ment, a complement of impossibility to possibility.
What can the possibility of an imp osbe? How can we think that? How can we say it while respecting logic and meaning? How can we approach that, live, or exist it? How does one testifY to it? The first occurrence immediately follows the allusion to the s'attendre, to the imminence of the bevorstehen, by which Dasein stands before death [lattend a] as its most proper possibility: is a possibility in which," Heidegger abruptly adds, "the issue is nothing less than Dasein's being-in-the-world [in-der-Welt-Sein].