By Jacques Derrida

Jacques Derrida is, within the phrases of the manhattan Times, "perhaps the world's most renowned philosopher—if no longer the single well-known philosopher." He usually provokes controversy once his identify is pointed out. yet he additionally evokes the honour that comes from an illustrious profession, 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 distinctiveness of every courting. In each one case, he's conscious about the questions of tact, flavor, and moral accountability fascinated with talking 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 set of memorial addresses, this quantity sheds gentle not just on Derrida's relation to a couple of the main famous French thinkers of the prior sector century but in addition on probably the most very important issues of Derrida's whole oeuvre-mourning, the "gift of death," time, reminiscence, and friendship itself.

"In his rapt recognition to his matters' paintings and their impact upon him, the booklet additionally deals a hesitant and tangential retelling of Derrida's personal lifestyles in French philosophical historical past. 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. an individual who nonetheless thinks that Derrida is a facetious punster will locate such green with envy prejudice not able to outlive a examining 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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