Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, Vol 5, No 2 (2009)

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Derrida, Terrorism, and Communism: A Comment on “Autoimmunity: Real and Symbolic Suicides”

Alzo David-West

Abstract


This essay makes an appraisal of the political articulations of the late Jacques Derrida in his “Autoimmunity: Real and Symbolic Suicides” interview as a starting point for evaluating him as a political philosopher. Derrida having claimed in the past that he was convinced of Marxism, a critical comparison serves to illustrate where his radical-sounding pronouncements stand in relation to the Marxist perspective. Derrida turns out to be unremarkable, expounding an ambiguous and eclectic pre-Marxist prophetism.

 


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