Arguing with Derrida (Ratio Special Issues) by Simon Glendinning

By Simon Glendinning

This quantity contains the entire complaints of the 1999 Ratio convention at which Derrida made major contributions on a number of themes, together with the relation of his paintings to analytical philosophy, the common sense of argument, fact ineffability, which means, animal lifestyles, and the attract the standard within the paintings of Wittgenstein and J.L. Austin.

Show description

Read Online or Download Arguing with Derrida (Ratio Special Issues) PDF

Best history & surveys books

Early Works of Orestes A. Brownson: The Transcendentalist Years, 1838-39

Booklet via Brownson, Orestes A. , Carey, Patrick W.

A Spinoza Reader: The Ethics and Other Works

This anthology of the paintings of Baruch de Spinoza (1632-1677) offers the textual content of Spinoza's masterwork, the Ethics , in what's now the normal translation by means of Edwin Curley. additionally integrated are decisions from different works by way of Spinoza, selected through Curley to make the Ethics more uncomplicated to appreciate, and a considerable advent that offers an summary of Spinoza's existence and the most issues of his philosophy.

The Dionysian Self: C.G. Jung's Reception of Friedrich Nietzsche

Assessment through Adrian Del Caro:

This reprinting of Paul Bishop’s 1995 doctoral dissertation is a welcome occasion in Nietzsche circles, and that i wish it is going to be considered with the gravity it merits in Jung circles besides, due to the fact that a part of Bishop’s goal is “to go back Jung to a convention of highbrow debate from which, quite often due to his fans, he has been excluded” (1). The achieve the following redounds both to Nietzsche and Jung readers, simply because experts within the respective camps may perhaps use a greater knowing of the intellectual-historical legacy assimilated by way of those thinkers. Jung’s history in Romantic Naturphilosophie (7), his notion of a “continuous culture inside German literature and philosophy” that runs via Romanticism and Idealism (138), his position in the “Romantic longing for the go back of Dionysos” because it is carried by way of Hölderlin, Schelling, Creuzer, the Schlegels, Goethe, and Bachofen (369-72), and his final engagement with Nietzsche because the “apogee of post-Enlightenment concept” (378) place him as arguably the main consequential Nietzschean of the 20 th century, and if Jung himself is to be believed, the 1st profitable Dionysian. Bishop demonstrates as truly as someone i've got learn that Nietzschean notions of the self are in truth notions of a Dionysian self, paradoxical because it sounds on condition that “self” is meant to align with the Apollinian. Bishop’s elevation of Dionysian selfhood in Jung sheds gentle at the Dionysian contribution to modernity particularly because it contributes to types and notions of creativity. For these folks who've attempted to intricate on Nietzsche’s figuring out of the “Dionysian philosopher,” Bishop’s strategy imparts intensity to Nietzsche’s venture by way of reframing the dialogue as “Dionysian self. ”

The energy of fantasy as represented through Goethe, Nietzsche, and Jung particularly have been good formulated by way of the Jungian Joseph Campbell, whose paintings on myths turned well known during the media of print and tv (14). The neo-Jungian James Hillman in the meantime “takes the determine of Dionysos to symbolize an act of psychic healing of misplaced powers and strength, now rendered to be had to be used” (19). Hillman’s experience of the Dionysian aligns very heavily with Goethe’s in Faust, which a few regard as an scan in rolling again misogyny and repositioning the corporeal and the non secular with recognize to the earth—for that subject Jung used to be larger than a person else in spotting the kinship among Faust and Zarathustra as “extraverted” works. Bishop demonstrates the validity of the triad Goethe, Nietzsche, Jung, at the same time he qualifies Jung’s claims or aspirations to be one of those “superior” or “successful” Nietzsche at the foundation of a winning integration of the Dionysian (80). finally, Nietzsche had syphilis to deal with, not like Goethe and Jung, and finally insanity as well—for anyone who almost introduced Dionysus again to existence for moderns, those tragic skills are concurrently a blessing and a curse. The centrality of Goethe, Nietzsche, and Jung to trendy notion rests on a Dionysian origin. Jung needed to learn how to settle for the Dionysian as a favorable strength, as established within the damaging view of Dionysus elaborated in Psychologische Typen (1921) because it shifts to confident in “Psychologie und Dichtung” (1930)—Bishop attributes this shift to Jung’s elevated curiosity within the Dionysian in response to seminars he gave among 1925 and 1936 (167). furthermore, the Dionysian origin comprises the Apollo-Dionysus polarity. Bishop explains how Goethe and Schelling labored with the phrases “systole” and “diastole” as cosmological rules, which Jung then tailored to mental ideas wherein “the means of diastole is linked to the extraverted viewpoint, which subordinates the topic to the item” (140). for that reason Zarathustra is an extraverted paintings in keeping with Jung since it is diastolic in nature; he attracts on Goethe the following to formulate a style for discussing the mental attributes of Apollo and Dionysus (140).

Perhaps the main consequential edition of Dionysian and Nietzschean fabric happens in Jung’s reaction to the matter of faith signified by means of the dying of God. looking on the place one choices up the thread of Jung’s reception of Nietzsche (and Bishop’s booklet is thorough and trustworthy in tracing this course), readers may be questioned by way of Jung’s insistence that Nietzsche represented a pathological personality, and via Jung’s eagerness to return to the security of faith. Bishop does a great activity of explaining those Jungian issues, claiming that Jung constructs a “Dionysian Self which, throughout the dialectic of realization and the subconscious, allows the Ego to die and be reborn anew” (17). this can be a compelling formula of the matter once we give some thought to that Dionysus is the ceaselessly resurrecting god, and that either Goethe and Nietzsche pack their respective masterpieces with birthing metaphors and their respective protagonists suffer rebirth (cf. additionally p. seventy two, the place Bishop discusses Rose Pfeffer’s early popularity in 1972 that Goethe and Nietzsche either depend upon transcendent metaphors regardless of their aversion to metaphysics). Nor was once Jung able to settle for Nietzsche’s end that Dionysus needs to oppose Christ: “Jung evolves a programme so as to remodel the Crucified again into the god of the grape, thereby freeing hitherto inhibited powers of power” (64). Jung’s most vital ebook, Wandlungen und Symbole der Libido (1912), will be considered as his Faustian “descent into the depths of the soul,” and the “return of the libido to an subconscious resource of recent mental lifestyles” (94). once again Bishop selections up the thread of this primarily romantic preoccupation with rebirth and renewal, by way of explaining how Hölderlin spoke of Dionysos as “den kommenden Gott” (the coming god, 94). in fact at this juncture Bishop must have mentioned Hölderlin’s nice elegy “Brod und Wein,” which gains either Dionysus and Christ in exactly the synergy that later captivated Jung, even supposing he does a piece later discuss with “Patmos” during this context (101). the large strength and curiosity Jung summoned for making a position for faith as a reaction to Nietzsche’s declare that God is lifeless is summarized thusly: “As early as 1912, then, Jung had set his post-Nietzschean schedule for the transformation of religion right into a secular, mental faith” (107). As pointed out above, “Dionysian self” parallels “Dionysian philosophizing,” and while Nietzsche remodeled religion into Dionysian philosophy, Jung could observe that very same strength to a “psychological faith. ”

Jung’s holiday with Freud was once strongly inspired, in keeping with Bishop, by means of his expanding immersion within the matrix of mythological institutions triggered through Nietzsche’s establishing of the Dionysian portal, first in beginning of Tragedy then extra powerfully and authentically in Zarathustra. Nietzsche didn't converse of his trip to Dionysus as a katabasis on the time of start of Tragedy, yet particularly significantly he opened his Zarathustra by means of depicting the hero’s katabasis, actually his “going under,” and that i think Jung came across the instance of katabasis to be compelling on the subject of either Goethe and Nietzsche. Bishop unearths how in a letter to Freud, Jung divulges that he was once making an highbrow descent to the world of the moms, elaborating all of the difficulties produced by way of the libido-occupied mom imago; he's “hidden” (Jung’s time period; ostensibly as a result of hazards taken with vacationing the moms) during this attempt by way of a katabasis into the area of the moms (66). Jung started to reject the incest-based size of this going-down, this katabasis, reinterpreting it in its place “as a go back to a non-sexual mom, symbolizing the subconscious, and this used to be the message of Wandlungen und Symbole der Libido” (67). therefore it was once in this decisive element of departure from Freud that Jung quoted Nietzsche’s Zarathustra in a letter to Freud, explaining within the identify and phrases of Nietzsche’s prophet: “One repays a instructor badly if one continues to be just a scholar” (67). different modernist writers who have been contemporaries of Jung made their very own descent into the Dionysian underworld, between them Conrad, Eliot, and Thomas Mann (175). yet whereas Jung sincerely used Nietzsche as a part of his critique of Freudian psychoanalysis, he started to view either Nietzsche and Freud as too materialistic of their psychology, to the purpose the place he, Jung, considered Nietzsche’s “spectacular failure to barter with Dionysos” as pointing how to his personal “more profitable lodging with the Dionysian subconscious” (193). The seminar on Zarathustra from the Thirties demonstrates that “Jung was once in a position to relate nearly each major aspect in Nietzsche’s philosophy to a corresponding concept in his Analytical Psychology,” with the end result that either by utilizing Nietzsche to leverage a holiday from Freud, then by means of leveraging the holiday from Freud to damage from Nietzsche, Jung bought his replacement process (296-7, 364).

Of direction Jung along with his inspiration of the anima, a feminine precept representing the soul in particular in males, may were sympathetic to Goethe’s portrayal of the moms in Faust, whereas Nietzsche famously had not anything yet contempt for Goethe’s idea of the everlasting female. yet Jung made a mistake in claiming that the anima used to be absent from Nietzsche and Zarathustra, and that it was once successfully purged or displaced by way of the concept that of the superhuman (318). in truth, Nietzsche’s anima, to exploit Jung’s time period, is especially a lot alive all through Zarathustra within the determine of the disguised Ariadne, as i've got argued at a number of instances in the course of the final 3 many years. Bishop knows that “Woman represents the chthonic energies and subterranean forces of Dionysos,” and that “Jung drew cognizance to the conventional functionality of lady as a illustration of the darkish part of existence” (319), yet he misses the chance to indicate the constraints of Jung’s declare that the anima is missing in Nietzsche. it'd be extra exact to assert that Nietzsche suppressed the female, in himself and within the Dionysian, after which try and reconstruct the root on which Nietzsche felt pressured to perform this seductive, disguised, ironic (masked) suppression of the feminine—but neither Jung nor Bishop enterprise into this tough terrain. equally, whilst Bishop discusses the importance of the phallus to Jung’s realizing of Dionysus, and issues to a passage in Twilight of the Idols that Jung had highlighted in his reproduction, he likewise provides brief shrift to Nietzsche’s relative silence at the phallus—another point of the Dionysian which Nietzsche suppresses. We needs to remember that it's a hugely selective Dionysus whom Nietzsche introduces, one for example who's now not normally favored as a woman’s god. At different instances, and very for the main half, Bishop is particularly perceptive certainly in checking out the threads of Nietzsche’s masked discourse at the female, for example the place he means that Jung could have been encouraged to make his personal descent to the moms in a roundabout way by means of Goethe, yet first via Nietzsche’s mediation of Goethe (171-2). This in flip indicates, as I proceed to argue, that Nietzsche observed himself in festival with Goethe within the topic of the female and the Dionysian, now not not like Jung felt himself to be in festival with Nietzsche in issues of the Dionysian.

There are a number of issues on which Jung and Nietzsche in actual fact vary. First, Nietzsche do not need authorized Jung’s verdict that he, Nietzsche, represented a failed Dionysian (80), although arguably he could were tickled by way of Jung’s model of the Dionysian philosophizing into “psychological faith. ” Nor may Nietzsche have approved Jung’s insistence on a unmarried, Kantian morality latest in every one people a priori (134). For Nietzsche, there are numerous attainable moralities, and the Kantian isn't really a very powerful one from the viewpoint of selfhood and selfishness. Jung additionally had to provide either Goethe and Nietzsche definite Teutonic dimensions with which the 2 thinkers could disagree, arguing that it truly is unimaginable non-German might write Faust and Zarathustra (169). those are works of worldwide literature, works of common poetry within the optimum experience, and subsuming them lower than “Teutonic” simply because they ensue to were written in German turns out just a little a stretch, though their universal genesis in theoretical romanticism. Jung was once additionally really severe of the superhuman, failing to determine something confident within the thought (234-5), regardless of Nietzsche’s credible achievements in linking the concept that to the which means of the earth—for all his speak of katabasis, intuition, and libido, Jung was once too metaphysical for an appreciation of Nietzsche’s ecological proclivities. On a comparable be aware, Jung ascribed a moment character to Dionysus, particularly Wotan, thereby subscribing to the Förster-Nietzsche-Wagner imaginative and prescient of Nietzsche stories. Jung could have wanted the presence of this Germanic war-god to justify his personal stance on Germany’s debacle in WW II. Bishop properly distances himself from Jung in this aspect too: “It is very ironic for this reason, that Nietzsche must have been misused via the nationwide Socialists, and that Jung must have risked complicity with that abuse, it appears not able to strive against the tenets of reactionary, pagan politics—Dionysos within the Wotanist mode” (379).

This is a richly documented, mature and trustworthy remedy of Jung’s debt to Nietzsche, rendered much more important through Bishop’s entry to Jung’s library, the place he transcribed Jung’s annotations, his stronger use of assets in German and English, and his correction of frequently defective translations of Jung’s works. The e-book involves excess of i'm able to express right here, and that i wonder on the caliber of this dissertation—it should be one of the very best titles to have seemed within the venerable Monographien und Texte zur Nietzsche-Forschung.

The Oxford Handbook of World Philosophy

The Oxford instruction manual of global Philosophy offers the complex pupil or student a collection of introductions to every of the world's significant non-European philosophical traditions. It deals the non-specialist a fashion in to unexpected philosophical texts and strategies and the chance to discover non-European philosophical terrain and to attach her paintings in a single culture to philosophical principles or texts from one other.

Additional resources for Arguing with Derrida (Ratio Special Issues)

Sample text

Come to terms with, something that is in some important sense Ineffable. What this sense is is a delicate question. We cann�t say t� at ' the ineffable' here is what resists expression by any lIngUIStiC means. If we do, we fall foul of what Derrida achieves in the very writing of his essay. (This is a point to which II . 12. Ibid. , 4. 1 2ff. For an app �oach to Derrida very close to that which I am about to take, tracing out SImilar connec: tlOns , see Graham Priest, Beyond the Limits of Thought (Cambridge: .

For we can describe the processes whereby this playful use of language, which we are at perfect liberty to talk about, can issue in this knowledge, which we are also at liberty to talk about, without at any point doing anything other than affirming truths. 28 Or at least, it may be that, and very often is that. This qualification is needed to square with the answer that I gave to Thomas Baldwin during the question-and-answer session at the conference. See the transcript below. 70 A. W. MOORE 9.

See the transcript below. 70 A. W. MOORE 9. But wait! This defence of conceptual philosophy . tion b � tw� en talkIng about playful uses of language and actually IndulgIng In �hem; between adverting to 'abnormal' ways o� usi �g wor� s and USI� g those. s�me words in 'abnormal' ways. Yet IS thIS not Just the kInd of dIstinc­ tion that Derrida calls into question in 'Signature, Event, Context' ? . n There is a more general distinction at stake here, a �IstinCtIo . that many conceptual philosophers wou�d regard as a bas� c ana�ytlC tool.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.73 of 5 – based on 13 votes