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Philippe Lacoue-LabartheRepresentation and the Loss of the Subject$
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John Martis

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780823225347

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823225347.001.0001

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Lacoue-Labarthe between Derrida and Blanchot

Lacoue-Labarthe between Derrida and Blanchot

Movement as Marking the Subject-in-Loss

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(p.193) 8 Lacoue-Labarthe between Derrida and Blanchot
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Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe
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John Martis

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DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823225347.003.0008

The representational other of this recurrent presentation, inseparably associated with it, is in one sense always capable of assimilating it to itself. Movement itself then becomes a subject of philosophy, one whose incessant return hyperbology also marks. In the end, though, in the very “positivities” of its designation—as neuter, as an “it”—it arguably “tips over” into assimilation to a represented subject, the very “other” that Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe refrains carefully from anointing as successor to the subject, or even as “Who?”. Admitting that “something is always escaping outside me”, Lacoue-Labarthe forgoes formally the pursuit of that something, knowing that to locate it is merely to initiate again the cycle of its restless escape. He permits it instead to depart, since in departing it might become perceptible, as a sensation of powerlessness before the mobility of representation.

Keywords:   philosophy, hyperbology, Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, powerlessness, representation, presentation, movement

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