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Jacques Derrida’s Urgency, Today

Jacques Derrida’s Urgency, Today

JACQUES DERRIDA’s conceptual innovations are interventions, “inventive engagements” whose apparent playfulness operates on the level of the signifier, challenging what one could call the repress...

There Is No Thought Without Remembrance

There Is No Thought Without Remembrance

Plus de restes WITH REMARKABLE INSISTENCE and uniformity, recent commemorations of Jacques Derrida, occasioned by the 10th anniversary of his death, have shown preoccupation with the question of rem...

No Exit for Derrida

No Exit for Derrida

In 1992 Simon Critchley’s The Ethics of Deconstruction: Derrida and Levinas reoriented Derrida studies and helped spur what is sometimes known as the “ethical turn” in continental philosophy. In...

Friends of Leo

Friends of Leo

“Both of us thought you were an idiot, Sherlock. We had nothing else to go on. Until we met other children.”“Oh yes. That was a mistake.”“Ghastly. What were they thinking?”“Probably some...

To Organize Without a Preface

To Organize Without a Preface

ALAIN BADIOU’S provocative The Rebirth of History poses some interesting challenges for anyone wishing to weigh in on the revolutionary wagers taking place around the world since at least late 2010....

What Are the Humanities For?

What Are the Humanities For?

DEBATES ABOUT THE “FUTURE of the humanities” frequently revolve around the suspicion that the humanities might not have one. Yet despite the direness of this anxiety — an anxiety especially pers...

The King Is Dead: Heidegger’s "Black Notebooks"

The King Is Dead: Heidegger’s "Black Notebooks"

Intellectual historian Martin Woessner and LARB philosophy/critical theory editor Arne De Boever invited philosopher Gregory Fried to write an essay about the philosophical repercussions of the recent...

Deconstructing Zionism: A Critique

Deconstructing Zionism: A Critique

DECONSTRUCTING ZIONISM: A Critique of Political Metaphysics, a new collection of essays by Gianni Vattimo and Michael Marder, is both timely and necessary. Over the past year, and before the recent cr...

The Act of Criticism and the Secular

The Act of Criticism and the Secular

THE NOTION OF THE SECULAR was once taken for granted — if not by the entire world, then at least by the academy. The secularization thesis, which proposed a direct correlation between modernization ...

Capitalizing on “The Body”

Capitalizing on “The Body”

BY NOW you’ve probably heard the news: Marx is back on trend. Thanks to the French economist Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century, even The New York Times’s Fashion & Sty...

"Chance and Necessity" Revisited

"Chance and Necessity" Revisited

IN THE FALL of 1970, Éditions du Seuil published Le hasard et la nécessité, a monograph by the French molecular biologist Jacques Monod,. Chance and Necessity was a slim book laden with technical d...

Peter de Bolla’s Human Rights Edifice

Peter de Bolla’s Human Rights Edifice

“Take care of freedom,” the late American philosopher Richard Rorty once remarked, “and truth will take care of itself.” It was his pragmatic attempt — one of many, actually, over the course...

Expanding Criticality

Expanding Criticality

Take It or Leave It at the Hammer Museum.Through May 18, 2014.10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles 90024 .   STEPHEN PRINA’S 16mm film Vinyl II (2000) begins in tight focus on Gerrit van Ho...

Shoring Against the Ruins

Shoring Against the Ruins

ON July 7, 1914, a 22-year-old Walter Benjamin, increasingly disillusioned with his time at Albert Ludwig University in Freiburg and in Berlin, wrote to his friend Herbert Belmore: “The university i...