The following Review of Jacques Derrida’s The Beast and the Sovereign Volume II (University of Chicago Press, 2011) first appeared in Parallax 18:2 (2012), 102-106 as “Animals Living Death: Closing the Book of Derrida“
Over the next few days I will post my other two Parallax reviews, one on Andrew Benjamin’s Of Jews and Animals and the other on Bernard Stiegler’s Taking Care of Youth and the Generations.
Death, Derrida informs us, will be the subject of this, his final seminar: the question of ‘death itself, if there be any’, and the question of knowing who is capable of death (p.290). These words, in closing the book of Derrida, thus also belong to the genre of ‘last words’ – death (if there be any) having ensured that Derrida’s life will always have been too short, and not only insofar as the seminar entitled The Beast and…
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is open access at the Society and Space open site. Several really good papers…
With a special issue on Julia Kristeva with some of my favorite people (it’s nice to read new stuff on her–it’s been a couple of years for me), including an article by Kristeva herself.
Agamben manages to try to stop pissing off the Germans from this piece and ends up saying all Asian cultures have no relation to their history, and we also really don’t want to be Japanese. What we need is more of Old Europe. I guess he’s at least not calling again for a Latin Empire–great SoCal band name, though–but he does tell us how the Roman empire was quite respectful of local traditions. Who knew? (Not this guy.)