The Work of Mourning

By Jacques Derrida

Jacques Derrida is, within the phrases of the long island Times, "perhaps the world's most renowned philosopher—if no longer the one recognized philosopher." He usually provokes controversy once his identify is pointed out. yet he additionally conjures up the consideration that comes from an illustrious profession, and, between many that have been his colleagues and friends, he encouraged friendship. The paintings of Mourning is a suite that honors these friendships within the wake of passing.

Gathered listed here are texts—letters of condolence, memorial essays, eulogies, funeral orations—written after the deaths of famous figures: Roland Barthes, Paul de guy, Michel Foucault, Louis Althusser, Edmond Jabès, Louis Marin, Sarah Kofman, Gilles Deleuze, Emmanuel Levinas, Jean-François Lyotard, Max Loreau, Jean-Marie Benoist, Joseph Riddel, and Michel Servière.

With his phrases, Derrida bears witness to the singularity of a friendship and to absolutely the strong point of every courting. In each one case, he's conscious about the questions of tact, flavor, and moral accountability enthusiastic about talking of the dead—the dangers of utilizing the party for one's personal reasons, political calculation, own vendetta, and the expiation of guilt. greater than a set of memorial addresses, this quantity sheds mild not just on Derrida's relation to a couple of the main favourite French thinkers of the prior zone century but additionally on the most vital subject matters of Derrida's complete oeuvre-mourning, the "gift of death," time, reminiscence, and friendship itself.

"In his rapt cognizance to his matters' paintings and their effect upon him, the booklet additionally bargains a hesitant and tangential retelling of Derrida's personal existence in French philosophical background. There are illuminating and playful anecdotes—how Lyotard led Derrida to start utilizing a word-processor; how Paul de guy talked knowledgeably of jazz with Derrida's son. somebody who nonetheless thinks that Derrida is a facetious punster will locate such envious prejudice not able to outlive a analyzing of this pretty work."—Steven Poole, Guardian

"Strikingly simpa meditations on friendship, on shared vocations and avocations and on philosophy and history."—Publishers Weekly

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