Politics of Friendship

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“O, my friends, there is no friend.” The most influential of contemporary philosophers explores the idea of friendship and its political consequences, past and future.

Until relatively recently, Jacques Derrida was seen by many as nothing more than the high priest of Deconstruction, by turns stimulating and fascinating, yet always somewhat disengaged from the central political questions of our time. Or so it seemed. Derrida’s “political turn,” marked especially by the appearance...

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Overview

“O, my friends, there is no friend.” The most influential of contemporary philosophers explores the idea of friendship and its political consequences, past and future.

Until relatively recently, Jacques Derrida was seen by many as nothing more than the high priest of Deconstruction, by turns stimulating and fascinating, yet always somewhat disengaged from the central political questions of our time. Or so it seemed. Derrida’s “political turn,” marked especially by the appearance of Specters of Marx, has surprised some and delighted others. In The Politics of Friendship Derrida renews and enriches this orientation through an examination of the political history of the idea of friendship pursued down the ages.

Derrida’s thoughts are haunted throughout the book by the strange and provocative address attributed to Aristotle, “my friends, there is no friend” and its inversions by later philosophers such as Montaigne, Kant, Nietzsche, Schmitt and Blanchot. The exploration allows Derrida to recall and restage the ways in which all the oppositional couples of Western philosophy and political thought—friendship and enmity, private and public life—have become madly and dangerously unstable. At the same time he dissects genealogy itself, the familiar and male-centered notion of fraternity and the virile virtue whose authority has gone unquestioned in our culture of friendship and our models of democracy

The future of the political, for Derrida, becomes the future of friends, the invention of a radically new friendship, of a deeper and more inclusive democracy. This remarkable book, his most profoundly important for many years, offers a challenging and inspiring vision of that future.

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“Derrida has never written more illuminatingly on Aristotle, Nietzsche and Heidegger than he does here.”
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“Derrida has never written more illuminatingly on Aristotle, Nietzsche and Heidegger than he does here.”—Choice
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Following the death of Paul DeMan and the controversies surrounding the ensuing revelations of his personal life and wartime politics, Derrida delivered a lengthy seminar on the ethics and emotions of friendship. Each session began with the same plaintive refrain from Montaigne's essay on friendship: "O my friends, there is no friend." Audiences found the sessions moving despite being abstruse and belabored at times. Throughout Derrida's erudite contextualizing of politics and loyalty from Aristotle to Blanchot, there were strains of personal loss compounded by a Proustian sense of presumed historical fact undermined by verified events. Previous versions of this work by different translators have been available in the Journal of Philosophy v. 85, 1988 and American Imago v. 50, 1993. Perhaps because no personal presence intervenes here, this translation sounds inept, trivializing the occasion.Marilyn Gaddis Rose, SUNY at Binghamton
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844670543
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/2006
  • Series: Radical Thinkers Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 974,630
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Jacques Derrida was Director of Studies at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. English translations of his work include Given Time, Memories of the Blind, Specters of Marx, The Politics of Friendship, and The Gift of Death.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
1 Oligarchies: Naming, Enumerating, Counting 1
2 Loving in Friendship: Perhaps - the Noun and the Adverb 26
3 This Mad 'Truth': The Just Name of Friendship 49
4 The Phantom Friend Returning (in the Name of 'Democracy') 75
5 On Absolute Hostility: The Cause of Philosophy and the Spectre of the Political 112
6 Oath, Conjuration, Fraternization or the 'Armed' Question 138
7 He Who Accompanies Me 171
8 Recoils 194
9 'In human language, fraternity...' 227
10 'For the First Time in the History of Humanity' 271
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