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Counter-InstitutionsJacques Derrida and the Question of the University$
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Simon Morgan Wortham

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823226658

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823226658.001.0001

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Counter-Institution, Counter-Deconstruction

Counter-Institution, Counter-Deconstruction

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Simon Morgan Wortham

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This chapter, rather than starting to build a prospective model of the counter-institution in view of the predicament the university finds itself in today, explores this other or “counter” temporality, the temporality not just of the counter-institution but of the “counter” itself: a “counter” logic, force, movement, rhythm. It begins by showing why one cannot simply force a “counter” logic or movement, a counter-institution, to “be quick about it,” or call for counter-institutions in such an unequivocal way. Yet, as the analysis proceeds or unfolds, it also suggests that the “counter” begins by coming back, promising to answer the call along the lines of a certain artifactuality or actuvirtuality, or in other words, by way of complex effects of spectrality, virtuality, the as if, and the tele-effect, which together haunt our electronic communications networks and computerized systems.

Keywords:   Jacques Derrida, counter, counter-institution, university, artifactuality, actuvirtuality, spectrality, virtuality, tele-effect

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