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The End of the World and Other Teachable MomentsJacques Derrida's Final Seminar$
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Michael Naas

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823263288

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823263288.001.0001

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Derrida’s Other Corpus

Derrida’s Other Corpus

(p.1) Introduction: Derrida’s Other Corpus
The End of the World and Other Teachable Moments

Michael Naas

Fordham University Press

This introduction is about the work of Jacques Derrida and the more than seventy books he wrote. He was also widely known by his students for his interesting seminars which covered the entire history of philosophy and literature. The seminars are considered different from his published work, so they are regarded a second corpus that may make the reader of this book and his followers reconsider everything they think they know about Derrida. The aim of this book is to reappraise the work of Derrida starting from the “The Beast and the Sovereign” and from “The Death Penalty” where he questions death, solitude, and mourning. This book gives new light to his writing and teaching career—how Derrida always worked with and within the constraints of the seminar format. More importantly, perhaps, is how Derrida was forced in the course of this final seminar to take account of some rather unique and earth-shattering events in the world around him.

Keywords:   Jacques Derrida, second corpus, The Beast and the Sovereign, The Death Penalty

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