JOURNAL “ATHENA: FILOSOFIJOS STUDIJOS”. ISSUE “DECONSTRUCTING DERRIDA” No. 13, 2018
‘What happens when Derrida, a great thinker, becomes silent? What becomes of Derrida, what becomes of his friends, those who read him, think through him, speak to him?’(Douzinas, “Adieu Derrida”) With this rhetoric question, Costas Douzinas starts a book Adieu Derrida, in which renowned contemporary thinkers (Jean-Luc Nancy, Alain Badiou, Gayatri Spivak, Slavoj Žižek and others) reflect on the intellectual legacy of one of the most important philosophical figures of 20thcentury, Jacques Derrida. Indeed, what does it mean now, after almost 15 years after Derrida’s death, to read him, to think through him, to speak to him?
We are inviting you to search for the answers together in the upcoming issue of the journal Athena: filosofijos studijostitled “Deconstructing Derrida”. Deconstruction itself, as suggested by Derrida, is not (and must not be) merely “a set of theorems, axioms, tools, techniques, and methods” (Derrida, “As If I were Dead: An Interview with Jacques Derrida”). Instead, it is an event (Derrida, “A Letter to a Japanese Friend”), which allows viewing it not only instrumentally, as a literary technique, bet rather as inherently having crucial ethical implications. As deconstruction challenges all traditional readings, speakings, and understandings, it helps identify “invisible” boundaries, decentralize privileged significants, and erase the borders between seeming differences.
As suggested by the title of the issue – “Deconstructing Derrida”, this event has no beginning nor the end, and is, instead, processual, open to various approaches, interpretations, and perceptions. Hence, this issue is the realization of several (out of numerous possible) scenarios and is, therefore, an attempt to answer the mentioned questions: what does it mean to read, think through and with, and speak to Derrida today?
SUBJECTS AND ISSUES
A truly broad range of the issues tackled by Derrida proves the versatility and adaptability of deconstruction to various contexts and problems. We are offering the following “traces” of the problems analyzed by Derrida:
· Deconstructing the tradition: the critique of metaphysics of presence, the reception of Plato’s texts by Derrida, the problem of differance, Derrida and philosophy of religion;
· Deconstruction and (post)structuralism: the sign and the trace, deconstruction between philosophy and literary theory, the problem of the author;
· Deconstructing politics and law: paradoxes of democracy, the politics of animosityand hostility, the notion of the sovereign, political theology of capital punishment, forgivenessand responsibility;
· Derrida and the “embodied difference”: the notion of corporality, the critique of phallologocentrism and eurocentrism;
· Post-Derrida: posthumanism, post-truth.
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