Derrida’s Profundity

Due to the intense demands of this semester I’ve been absent from this blog for a little too long.  With the end of the semester drawing nigh however, I do plan to return to blogging in the space much more frequently in the near future.

For the last little why I’ve been making my way through Jacques Derrida’s perplexing and brilliant Of Grammatology.  While the journey through this work has at times been so frustrating that the prospect of watching Rebbeca Black’s Friday on loop seems like a more edifying way to spend my time, there have also been a surprisingly great deal of moments of profundity in my reading as well…

In the future I hope to blog a little bit more about Derrida and Of Grammatology in particular.  For now I leave you with this quote in which Derrida both summarizes and reflects on the work of Rousseau…

In the experience of suffering as the suffering of the other, the imagination, as it opens us to a certain nonpresence within presence, is indispensable:  the suffering of others is lived by comparison as our nonpresent, past, or future suffering.  Pity [i..e. compassion] would be impossible outside of this structure, which links imagination, time, and the other as one and the same opening into nonpresence:  [Rousseau:] “To pity another’s woes we must indeed know them, but we need not feel them.  When we have suffered, when we are in fear of suffering, we pity those who suffer; but when we suffer ourselves, we pity none but ourselves”


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