The Other As Commodity

And in continuing the previous post, moving from Debord to Derrida and from Plato to the Judeo-Christian God: even if différance is not God and deconstruction is not theology, the derridaian terms at least made John D. Caputo write about it in comparison to those things. That makes Derrida more of a prayer than a relativist.

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By Thomas Thornton on May 27, 2013
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Caputo is perhaps too academic and single-minded for the average reader, even one who knows all about differance, a word almost on every page, as the summing up of Derrida in a word. If this word is unfamiliar to you, forget this book. If you at least know that it is a neologism combining difference and differing, you still have to make your way through the critique of Levinas in the next chapter. I prefer simply to read Derrida in the original in his piece ‘contra Levinas’. If this controversy is new to you, this book won’t help dispel it since Caputo is hooked on deconstructing the way to the Wholly Other. Briefly Derrida tries to dissociate (the highest) choice from the usual metaphysical predicates (autonomy, consciousness) and think of it as the other’s decision in me. Let’s capitalize that Other. In other words, we are passive receptors of the Other’s message.

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