In the documentary “D’ailleurs Derrida (Safaa Fathy, 1999) Jacques Derrida explains how interruptions are necessary in order for form a “we” (the first-person, plural personal pronoun). He goes to provide cautionary advice about the ideal of community.
It is difficult for people of the present age not only to understand the cause of their miserable condition, but even to grasp the fact that their condition is miserable. This is chiefly due to the principal calamity of the age which is called progress and which manifests itself in a feverish anxiety, hurry, strenuous […]
• By Philippe Theophanidis on May 21, 2012 ― Published in Communication | Tagged: Aeschylus, anxiety, Bataille, death, destruction, disaster, Foucault, hope, insanity, life, madness, Mark Twain, Pascal, progress, Prometheus, sense, Shakespeare, suicide, Tolstoy, Vilém Flusser
The doctor was on the point of turning into the second-class saloon, when he remembered that a large cargo of emigrants had come on board the night before, and he went down to the lower deck. He was met by a sickening smell of dirty, poverty-stricken humanity, an atmosphere of naked flesh (far more revolting […]
Hope is usually associated with positive values. However, in a brillant analysis, Jean-Pierre Vernant and Marcel Detienne have shown that the Greek word for hope –elpis– is much more ambiguous, meaning both expectation of the good and the bad.