By Jacques Derrida
"For Strasbourg involves a sequence of essays and interviews by means of French thinker and literary theorist Jacques Derrida (1930-2004) in regards to the urban of Strasbourg and the philosophical friendships he constructed there over a 40 12 months interval. Written justmonths prior to his dying, the hole essay of the gathering, "The position name(s): Strasbourg," recounts in nice element, and in very relocating phrases, Derrida's deep attachment to this French urban at the border among France and Germany. greater than only a own narrative, in spite of the fact that, it's a profound interrogation of the connection among philosophy and position, philosophy and language, and philosophy and friendship. As such, it increases a sequence of philosophical, political, and moral questions that will all be positioned below the aegis of what Derrida as soon as known as "philosophical nationalities and nationalism." the opposite 3 texts incorporated listed here are lengthy interviews/conversations among Derrida and his central interlocutors in Strasbourg, Jean-Luc Nancy and Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe. those interviews are major either for the topics they specialize in (language, politics, friendship, loss of life, lifestyles after loss of life, and so forth) and for what they exhibit approximately Derrida's relationships to Nancy and Lacoue-Labarthe. choked with sharp insights into one another's paintings and peppered with own anecdotes and humor, they endure witness to the decades-long highbrow friendships of those 3 very important modern thinkers. This assortment therefore stands as a reminder of and testimony to Derrida's courting to Strasbourg and to the 2 thinkers such a lot heavily linked to that city"
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JD: What kind? J-LN: Well, you didn’t specify. If you want, we can decide . . How about a humming bird? One has to be kind . . ’’ 3 You insist on the fact that there are animals that mourn, and so on. Earlier you gave us a very impressive list. You talked about everything: love, work, speech. But in doing this, it seems to me that you are nonetheless reestablishing a scale, for you made it quite clear that the ant, for example, is not the same thing as the chimpanzee . . JD: It’s not a scale, it’s a difference .
2 This was the case right from the start, and there are still a certain number of us here who can attest to it. Let me recall in passing that the most continuous seminar, the one that will have ................. ’’ We must thus thank and congratulate those who, in one place or in another, have contributed to all of this, with a special token of gratitude today for the current College and for Franc¸ois Noudelmann, who has taken the initiative for and organized so well these days of public celebration, though also of work, artistic performances, and candid reflection on what happened or came to pass, what did not happen or come to pass, and what should or must from now on come to pass.
18520$ $CH3 12-20-13 09:11:53 PS PAGE 38 39 Opening J-LN:3 At the time of the founding of the College, the primary motivation, it seems to me, and I believe it was the same for the founders, was to open up a place of expression for high school [lyce´e] teachers who wanted to do a certain kind of research and who did not have access to a university environment. This was in response to a considerable mutation within philosophy, particularly in France, that had started about twenty years before the creation of the College.
For Strasbourg: Conversations of Friendship and Philosophy by Jacques Derrida