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Lia Brozgal and Sara Kippur

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781781382639

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781382639.001.0001

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The Paradoxes of Being Contemporary

The Paradoxes of Being Contemporary

Derrida and the Political

(p.83) Chapter Five The Paradoxes of Being Contemporary
Being Contemporary

Lawrence D. Kritzman

Liverpool University Press

‘The Paradoxes of Being Contemporary’, written by Lawrence D. Kritzman, addresses contemporary crises in the United States. The essay activates Derrida’s reflections on force and justice to think through our contemporary moment, using the 2014 events in Ferguson, Missouri as bellwether for Derridean political philosophy, and building on the philosopher’s work on apartheid in South Africa and the undocumented in France. Kritzman also assesses Derrida’s political praxis within his theoretical and ethical speculations, and demonstrates his vision of responsibility and political engagement as a negotiation between contradictory and irreconcilable demands.

Keywords:   French and Francophone Studies, Literary Theory, Literary Criticism, European Literature, French Literature, French Culture, Cultural Studies, European Studies

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