By Jacques Derrida

Psyche: innovations of the Other is the 1st ebook in English of the twenty-eight essay assortment Jacques Derrida released in volumes in 1998 and 2003. Advancing his mirrored image on many concerns, akin to sexual distinction, structure, adverse theology, politics, struggle, nationalism, and faith, quantity II additionally contains on Derrida's engagement with a few key thinkers and writers: De Certeau, Heidegger, Kant, Lacoue-Labarthe, Mandela, Rosenszweig, and Shakespeare, between others. incorporated during this quantity are new or revised translations of seminal essays (for instance, "Geschlecht I: Sexual distinction, Ontological Difference," "Geschlecht II: Heidegger's Hand," "How to prevent talking: Denials," and "Interpretations at War: Kant, the Jew, the German").

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This distinguishes him from every other Ge­ sch/echt, and above all from the ape. One cannot talk about the hand without talking about technology. Heidegger has j ust recalled that the problem of university teaching re­ sults from the fact that the sciences belong to the essence of technology: no t to technology, bur to the essence of technology. Technology remains pl u n ged in a fog, for which no one is responsible, neither science, nor the sdt'ntists, nor man in general. Simply what is most thought-provoking (rim lledenkfichste) is that we still do not think.

The essential moment of this meditation opens onto what I will call the hand's double vocation. I use the word vocation to recall that, in its destination (Bestimmung), the hand holds (on to) speaking. This vocation is double but gathered or crossed in the same hand: the vocation to show I montrer] or to sign (zeigen, Zeichen) and to give or give itself, in a word, the monstrasity [monstrosite1 ofthe gift or ofwhat gives itself 13ut the craft of the hand [das Werk der Hand] is richer than we commonly imagine [ meinen: we believe, are of the opinion] .

In a word, to save time, let me just say that it is about the hand, about the hand of man, about the relation of the hand to speech and to thought. And even if the context is not at all classical, at issue is an opposition that is posed very classically, very dogmatically and metaphysically (even if the context is far from dogmatic and metaphysical) , between a man's hand and an ape's hand. Also at issue is a discourse that says everything about the hand or the gift as a site of sexual desire, as one says, of the Geschlecht in sexual difference.

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