The Work of Mourning

The Work of Mourning

Jacques Derrida


Jacques Derrida is, within the phrases of the ny Times, "perhaps the world's most famed philosopher—if now not the single recognized philosopher." He frequently provokes controversy once his identify is pointed out. yet he additionally evokes the distinction that comes from an illustrious occupation, and, between many that have been his colleagues and friends, he encouraged friendship. The paintings of Mourning is a set 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 recognized 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 specialty of every courting. In every one case, he's conscious about the questions of tact, flavor, and moral accountability serious about talking of the dead—the dangers of utilizing the social gathering for one's personal reasons, political calculation, own vendetta, and the expiation of guilt. greater than a set of memorial addresses, this quantity sheds gentle not just on Derrida's relation to a few of the main admired French thinkers of the prior zone century but additionally on one of the most vital issues of Derrida's whole oeuvre-mourning, the "gift of death," time, reminiscence, and friendship itself.

"In his rapt cognizance to his matters' paintings and their impact upon him, the e-book additionally deals a hesitant and tangential retelling of Derrida's personal lifestyles in French philosophical heritage. 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 interpreting of this gorgeous 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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