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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 Preoccupation with the Archive

Derrida’s Preoccupation with the Archive

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The End of the World and Other Teachable Moments

Michael Naas

Fordham University Press

This chapter describes the question of survival through an attempt to protect or archive the past, and to preserve it by iterations, translation, and finally transformation. Life cannot be thought of without repetition. Considering life without death is pure phantasm. The theory of living-on, of life-death is fully discussed. Derrida says sometime before his death that survivance does not add something extra to life and would seem to clarify his words “wherever I may be.” He also speaks of the other, or others, as the very thing that can survive him. He reflects and turns back to the idea that the archive is separate from him, of which the question then takes on a philosophical overtone. His thoughts shifts from the archive that implies some immortality towards a finite that so preoccupies man. His words may be loosely interpreted as saying something as behave and be prepared for tomorrow.

Keywords:   living-on, life-death, survivance, immortality

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