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By Jacques Derrida

Jacques Derrida is, within the phrases of the manhattan Times, "perhaps the world's most famed philosopher—if now not the single well-known philosopher." He frequently provokes controversy once his identify is pointed out. yet he additionally conjures up the honour 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 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 area of expertise of every dating. In every one case, he's conscious about the questions of tact, flavor, and moral accountability concerned with conversing of the dead—the hazards of utilizing the celebration for one's personal reasons, political calculation, own vendetta, and the expiation of guilt. greater than a suite of memorial addresses, this quantity sheds mild not just on Derrida's relation to a couple of the main favourite French thinkers of the previous zone century but in addition on one of the most very important subject matters of Derrida's complete oeuvre-mourning, the "gift of death," time, reminiscence, and friendship itself.

"In his rapt awareness to his topics' 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. someone who nonetheless thinks that Derrida is a facetious punster will locate such envious prejudice not able to outlive a studying 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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