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Translation of the Seminars of Jacques Derrida
Peggy Kamuf, University of Southern California

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The Seminars of Jacques Derrida: The Beast & the Sovereign, Volume II (Book)
Title: The Seminars of Jacques Derrida: The Beast & the Sovereign, Volume II
Author: Jacques Derrida
Editor: Ginette Michaud
Editor: Geoffrey Bennington
Editor: Peggy Kamuf
Editor: Michel Lisse
Editor: Marie-Louise Mallet
Abstract: Following on from The Beast and the Sovereign, Volume I, this book extends Jacques Derrida’s exploration of the connections between animality and sovereignty. In this second year of the seminar, originally presented in 2002–2003 as the last course he would give before his death, Derrida focuses on two markedly different texts: Heidegger’s 1929–1930 course The Fundamental Concepts of Metaphysics, and Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe. As he moves back and forth between the two works, Derrida pursues the relations between solitude, insularity, world, violence, boredom and death as they supposedly affect humans and animals in different ways. Aspects of Robinson Crusoe are brought out questions such as Crusoe’s belief in ghosts, his learning to pray, his parrot Poll, and his reinvention of the wheel. Crusoe’s terror of being buried alive or swallowed alive by beasts or cannibals gives rise to reflections on death, burial, and cremation, in part provoked by a meditation on the death of Derrida’s friend Maurice Blanchot. Throughout, these readings are juxtaposed with interpretations of Heidegger's concepts of world and finitude.
Year: 2011
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Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Type: Translation
Type: Scholarly Edition
ISBN: 9780226144306
Translator: Geoffrey Bennington