Counter-Institutions: Jacques Derrida And the Question of by Simon Morgan Wortham

By Simon Morgan Wortham

This booklet presents a definitive account of Jacques Derrida's involvement in debates in regards to the collage. Derrida used to be a founding member of the learn team at the educating of Philosophy (GREPH), an activist team that mobilized competition to the Giscard government's proposals to rationalizethe French academic method in 1975. He additionally helped to convene the Estates normal of Philosophy, an unlimited amassing in 1979 of educators from throughout France. additionally, he used to be heavily linked to the founding of the foreign university of Philosophy in Paris, and his reference to the foreign Parliament of Writers through the Nineteen Nineties additionally illustrates his carrying on with curiosity within the threat of launching an array of literary and philosophical tasks whereas experimenting with new sorts of associations within which they could take their particular form and path. Derrida argues that where of philosophy within the college might be explored as either a historic query and a philosophical challenge in its personal correct. He argues that philosophy at the same time belongs and doesn't belong to the collage. In its founding position, it needs to come from outsidethe establishment within which, however, it involves outline itself. the writer asks no matter if this irresolvable stress among belongingand no longer belongingmight no longer additionally shape the root of Derrida's political pondering and activism the place wider problems with modern importance are involved. Key questions this present day bearing on citizenship, rights, the geographical region and Europe, asylum, immigration, terror, and the returnof faith all contain assumptions and concepts approximately belonging; and so they entail constitutional, criminal, institutional and fabric constraints that take form accurately at the foundation of such rules. This venture will for that reason open up a key query: Can deconstruction's perception into the paradoxical institutional status of philosophy shape the root of a significant political reaction by way of theoryto a couple of modern foreign matters?

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However, I venture to add that this founding trait—that of the time-lag or anachrony reserved in the “counter” of “counter-institution”—may turn out to establish not just a principle or logic of foundation, but the very force of resistance asked of counter-institutions. Indeed, the anachronies implied Introduction ■ 21 by the “counter,” which angle the institution against itself, also come into play in other places throughout the book, for example, where I discuss both the rise and the limits of management-based systems of academic audit and evaluation.

For the lateness of what is “belated” in deconstruction, or in counter-deconstruction, must be imagined, as I endeavor to show, in terms of an “other” temporality in which deferral and delay are only a part of the more complex temporal structure of différance that also gives rise precisely to the “here-now,” a “here-now” that “unfurls,” as Derrida puts it in Specters of Marx,6 perhaps even before its time. ” As Derrida says, différance also comes “without lateness, without delay, but without presence”—“it is the precipitation of an absolute singularity, singular because differing, precisely [justement], and always other, binding itself necessarily to the form of the instant, in imminence and in urgency: even if it moves toward what remains to come, there is the pledge [gage] (promise, engagement, injunction and response to the injunction, and so forth).

In skating, “counter” refers to a turn in which the body is revolved in a direction opposite to that in which it was Counter-Institution, Counter-Deconstruction ■ 37 revolved in the previous turns. A complicated piece of choreography, this, a twist or turn against itself and yet, one imagines, part of a single movement or rhythm. In fencing, meanwhile, “counter” is a name applied to all circular parries, that is, parries in which, while the hand retains the same position, the point is made to describe a circle, passing under the adverse blade so as to meet it again when the latter is “disengaged,” removed from engagement.

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