Johnson, Laurie (2000) RSVP. Paragraph: A Journal of Modern Critical Theory, 23 (2). pp. 157-172. ISSN 0264-8334


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This paper contends that in the ongoing exchange between Jacques Derrida and Emmanuel Levinas, culminating in Derrida's oration at Levinas's funeral in 1995, the issues of 'correspondence' and 'timeliness' continually emerged as obstacles to be surmounted in achieving anything like an ethical relationship with the other writer. In Derrida's writings, in particular, there is a sense of being left always struggling to address his words adequately -- and ethically -- to Levinas due to a delay in publishing one of his earlier pieces in the exchange.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please note that only the published source should be used for the purposes of citation.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - No Department
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:58
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2013 05:19
Uncontrolled Keywords: Derrida, Levinas, ethics, correspondence, deconstruction, phenomenology, trace
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200525 Literary Theory
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220305 Ethical Theory
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220310 Phenomenology

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