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Étienne Balibar

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823273607

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823273607.001.0001

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From Sense Certainty to the Law of Genre: Hegel, Benveniste, Derrida

From Sense Certainty to the Law of Genre: Hegel, Benveniste, Derrida

(p.106) Four: From Sense Certainty to the Law of Genre: Hegel, Benveniste, Derrida
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Étienne Balibar

, Steven Miller
Fordham University Press

This chapter attempts to bring the reading and discussion of Derrida in relation with other texts, and other heritages, in order to illustrate how his manner of philosophizing has transformed our understanding of certain fundamental problems. It sketches a series of rereadings, beginning with the famous first chapter of Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit, “Sense Certainty.” Relating the Hegelian text to various texts by Derrida—passages from The Post Card, Parages, and Monolingualism of the Other—this chapter shows that, taken together, in their dispersion and their kinship, these texts form what might be called “Derrida's sense certainty.” Between Hegel and Derrida, however, a further mediation is necessary: that provided by Émile Benveniste's 1970 essay, entitled “The Formal Apparatus of Enunciation.”

Keywords:   Jacques Derrida, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Émile Benveniste, Sense Certainty, rereadings, Phenomenology of Spirit, Derrida's sense certainty, The Formal Apparatus of Enunciation

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