Month: June 2013

The Immense Work of Mourning: A Review of Jacques Derrida The Beast and the Sovereign, volume II


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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Jockey Club opens up again this Friday

Here’s the announcement:
We are back at to the Peter Easton again this Friday for a JC session. June 7, 5:00 PM.
Dr. Peter Gratton will be introducing/discussing chapter 2 of Tradition and Modernity: Philosophical Reflections on the African Experience: Kwame Gyekye. Note from Peter: “The chapter I had wanted to use was just a bit long, but took up the title of the book, which is also a theme of this chapter. It is not a dense read (I do worry that some of the top sentences of the page may have been cut by the scanner but again, it’s straightforward)
The essay is now available for download at the following link:

Get your Eurocentrism here

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.)