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Derrida’s other ends of man

Derrida’s other ends of man

Secomb, Linnell (2010) Derrida’s other ends of man. International Journal for the Semiotics of Law / Revue internationale de Sémiotique juridique, 23 (3). pp. 299-313. ISSN 0952-8059 (Print), 1572-8722 (Online) (doi:

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In ‘Force of law’ Derrida appears to suggest that emancipatory ideals and human rights have a continuing relevance. This may seem a surprising proposition from a theorist often interpreted as critical of humanist and Enlightenment principles. This paper argues, however, that Derrida does not reject, outright, humanist, Enlightenment and emancipatory strategies but instead deconstructs these in order to propose alternate ‘ethical’ and ‘political’ possibilities. Focusing on ‘The ends of man’, ‘Force of law’ and ‘Autoimmunity’ this paper argues that Derrida does not advocate an anti-humanism but instead gestures toward an alternate unconditional hospitality, responsibility, friendship, justice and democracy-to-come, displacing the anthropomorphism of humanism and advocating instead an openness to a heterogeneous otherness.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] Published online: 7 April 2010.
Uncontrolled Keywords: human rights, enlightenment, humanism, Heidegger, autoimmunity, justice, hospitality
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Humanities & Social Sciences
School of Humanities & Social Sciences > Department of Social, Political & Cultural Studies
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