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The paintings of Jacques Derrida may be obvious to reinvent such a lot theories; right here Robert Smith deals a interpreting of the philosophy of Derrida and an research of theories of autobiography. Smith argues that for Derrida autobiography isn't really loads a basic situation of inspiration as a basic situation of writing that mocks any self-centered finitude of dwelling and death. during this context, Smith thinks via Derrida's texts in a brand new means, and reveals new views to research classical writers together with Hegel, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Freud and de guy.

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But in the penumbra of all this there stands a stranger, more initial tautology that we have overlooked. It inhabits the phrase ' to eliminate 6 'for if by chance, not of necessity': see De interpretatione, trans. J. L. Ackrill, The complete works of Aristotle, ed. Jonathan Barnes (Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press), vol. 1, ch. 9, section 18b 1, p. 29. 18 Pure reason, absolute knowledge, pure chance the contingent'. For what is the contingent if not that which is to be eliminated?

And then, if error can be a prior condition, or rather if there is a prior condition of error coinciding with the prior condition of non-error (truth, seriousness, rectitude, and so on) — that is, if priority or the a priori itself were innocent of or indifferent to the prerogatives of philosophical seriousness over an interloping frivolity — then one is urged further still into describing ' a kind of... original sin'. That is the tragedy. Frivolity is a tragedy. 28 Suffering ^x^ ^J^ ^ i ^ ^J^ ^#^ ^9^ ^ i ^ ^ i ^ ^ i ^ ^ i ^ ^ i ^ ^ i ^ ^9 ^ i ^ ^9^ ^9 ^9 ^9^ ^9^ • » 9 ^w 9 v • • • w • • • w • • • • v • • • It is necessarily easy to confuse the conceptual originariness of 'sin r with what is historically at the origin.

Chance must in principle shock expectation — but the shock is neither quite affective nor quite phenomenal for it comes from behind or beyond or above the phenomenal in general, a structural law coming as otherness to the phenomenal in general, more irrecuperably alien (to fetishise it somewhat with my language) than 'the other' or the other of the phenomenal. , worse than evading detection, chance has no identifiable substance to mobilise evadingly, so to speak). It is always possible that contingency will startle philosophic anticipation; it takes the form of the future and opens historical change.

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