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Derrida’s Earth: A Topography of World, Earth, and Khôra


Derrida’s Earth: A Topography of World, Earth, and Khôra

Lewitzky, Jozef (2019) Derrida’s Earth: A Topography of World, Earth, and Khôra. [Graduate Projects (Non-thesis)] (Unpublished)

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In this paper, I develop a topography of Derrida’s concepts of earth, world, and khôra in order to better map out, triangulate, and ultimately understand Derrida’s thought of the earth both as a response to Heidegger’s earth and on his own terms. In Heidegger, earth is what presents itself as concealed in the disclosure of Being, it is what resists intelligible analysis. Derrida argues that there is a more anterior earth than this one that presents itself in the disclosure of Being. Derrida’s earth can only be recognized in the trace of passive alterity left behind and re-inherited when the world and earth are continuously deferred and re-differentiated from one another. This anterior earth is pointed to only in the ways Being is vulnerable to this context of alterity in the differentiation into world and earth, shaping this differentiation without becoming present in itself. For Derrida, the disclosure of Being can only happen in the repetition of its sense through the deferral to and differentiation of its elements. This anterior earth can only be disclosed through differentiation, and thus cannot become present in itself, not because any particular part of it cannot ever be uncovered, but because the very way it comes to be disclosed as Being is through this repetition of differentiation that changes Being even as it is gathered. The “site” which receives this world anew in each deferral and differentiation is khôra.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Philosophy
Item Type:Graduate Projects (Non-thesis)
Authors:Lewitzky, Jozef
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Date:27 August 2019
ID Code:985869
Deposited By: Jozef Lewitzky
Deposited On:13 Sep 2019 18:33
Last Modified:13 Sep 2019 18:33


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