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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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“World, Finitude, Solitude”

“World, Finitude, Solitude”

Derrida’s Walten

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The End of the World and Other Teachable Moments

Michael Naas

Fordham University Press

This chapter concludes and summarizes the relations and connections found in Derrida's seminars with his other published work involving such topics as, what is proper to man, questions about the animal, about sovereignty, death, mourning, and others. The chapter also considers Derrida's relationship with Heidegger. Here, the question is raised: How can all these seminars be overcome by events that will affect them? Perhaps, the title of this chapter gives us a clue: “World, Finitude, Solitude.” The ideas of Heidegger have an overwhelming influence on Derrida to the extent that Derrida assumes three theses related to the former: the stone is wordless, the animal is poor in the world, and the human is world-forming or world building. Derrida continues discussions on a series of questions such as who can die? Who has the power of death? Who is capable of death? There follow mixed introspections to answer these questions. Heidegger may have tackled these problems, but not Derrida who leaves them, in a sort of countersignature.

Keywords:   sovereignty, death, mourning, world-forming, world building

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