Monday, October 11, 2004

Derrida Deferred

This is a bit late, but here's something from the late philosopher Derrida:

Un philosophe est toujours quelqu'un pour qui la philosophie n'est pas donnee, quelqu'un qui par essence doit s'interroger sur l'essence et la destination de la philosophie. Il faut rappeler ce fait meme s'il parait trivial ou trop evident; car c'est la une situation et un devoir plus singuliers qu'il ne semble, et cela peut conduire a des consequences pratiques redoutables.

Roughly:

"A philosopher is always someone for whom philosophy is not given, someone who essentially ought to question themselves about the essence and destination of philosophy. One must recall this fact even if it seems trivial or too evident; for such a location and duty is more singular than it seems, and this can lead to some formidable practical consequences."

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