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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 at the Ends of the World with Heidegger and Robinson Crusoe

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The End of the World and Other Teachable Moments

Michael Naas

Fordham University Press

This chapter discusses the focus of Derrida on solitude, his concept of the world, and on the claim of philosophers that only humans have a relationship with death. If man can think of his death as one event among others, then he is also capable of thinking about his death in relation to wider events such as the time when the United States was preparing to invade Iraq in March 2003. It is possible that man pretends there are two worlds: the real where we live and share experiences, and a phantasm or an “as if” one. Are we behaving as if we were inhabiting the same world and speaking of the same thing and speaking the same language? Had Derrida been aware of Más Afuera, the original name of the Island which Robinson Crusoe's adventure was based, it is likely that he would have used the term which means “something far away.” This is because this far away would mark every material and earthly experience as being separated from where we left off, from those with whom we have been stranded.

Keywords:   Iraq, United States invasion, Robinson Crusoe's adventure, Más Afuera

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