Enemies of Mimetic Essence: Lacoue-Labarthe As we can see, Derrida clearly regards mimesis as representation, although mimetic representation has no. Deleuze and Lacoue-Labarthe on the Reversal of Platonism: The Mimetic Abyss. David Lane. Among Friedrich Nietzsche’s many daring philosophical declara-. Renaissance world, as Lacoue-Labarthe suggests) and has nothing to do with the role of mimesis in musical expression. It concerns, rather, a question of.

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The emphasis, from a normative context, is on what one is imitating. Schultz – – P. Together with the introduction, these essays are essential reading for anyone interested in Heidegger, postmodernism, and the lacoue-labarteh of mimesis in philosophy and literature.


The points it makes, the way it approaches the questions of mimesis, fictionality, and figurality, is unique. If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian. Auerbach never analyses the concept mimesis.

Derrida, who perhaps is more conservative especially as a venerator of the classics than is usually presented, is nonetheless eager to discover the radically new, focusing on science as being able to work on themes that are not even interdisciplinary. In the late 20 th century, continuing into the 21 st century, however, there seems to be a tendency to reject anything which smacks of imitation.

Derrida seems more focused on the supplements arising from expulsion, and on the suspension of the binary oppositions which the pharmakos brings.

From Deconstruction to Aporia. Mimesis is something in itself with no reference outside itself, and should not be reduced to anything else. Benjamin – – Routledge.

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Girard is more concerned about whether imitation meaning what one imitates is substantial and true, than about whether it is a copy or not. Derrida has, according to Girard, substituted the trace for being, in mimsis Heideggerian sense. Referring to the Victim The question surrounding the authenticity of mimesis must, however, be seen in relation to the victim. Also, acts of imitation among some modern literary lacou-labarthe seem to be seen as something one can freely adopt and which differs from the original.


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Philosophy, General Works categorize this paper. Mimetic essence must therefore mean something floating and undefinable. Girard, as a religious thinker, considers reality as basically something a priori and attainable, while Lacoue-Labarthe clearly sees reality as something construed, claiming that maintaining the religious means the denial of representation, as this denial is belief.

This is, mi,esis we have seen, clearly an exaggeration.

Heidegger, Mimesis and Critical Belonging. That mimesis is something different from all its traditional attributes, presents no problem in mimetic theory. In this respect the original or originality will often stand in danger of being excluded from textual production-machines. There is something both profound and slightly comical in the way academics today dismiss their own profession as thinkers. This is not only a phenomenon within the borders of writing and speech, it is also a sociological aspect of writing.

There is, generally speaking, a fundamental breach between Girard and most contemporary French philosophers on this issue, which I think points to a basic difference concerning their worldview.

Morality comes into play when the process of mimesis reaches a rivalistic stage.

Plato Pursued

This manner of thought, according to Derrida, makes both Girard and Plato ripe for deconstruction, as they both operate with a concept of revealed truth; Plato in claiming the Idea as truth, and Girard by discovering anthropological truth through mimesis. And when we consider mimesis in art, there is always an element of exclusion of the supplement, of that which is different and lacks a clear reference miimesis previous art.

Every copy which is not direct copying brings with it something supplemental. This has become embarrassingly clear in the 20 th century, when great authors such as Proust, Joyce, Beckett, Hemingway, Golding and others, were not only initially rejected, but also, some of their best writings, even great masterpieces, were refused by publishing houses. Print Save Cite Email Share. Both Girard and Derrida focus on what is excluded: Mimesis is lacoue-labarthee as something unique in itself; mimesis with no before or after, no repetition, no imitation, no reality, no right or wrong similarity, no truth outside the mimetic.

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The privilege of the spoken word, as both origin laacoue-labarthe self-preserved truth, mimeis to be deconstructed, while mimesis actually prevents the unproblematic reference to the ideal, the essence. Civil War American History: In this respect mimetic theory is branded metaphysical and in need of having its own concept of mimesis deconstructed. According to Girard, Western thought has tried to efface the trace of the founding violence.

Philosopher, literary critic, translator of Nietzsche and BenjaminPhilippe Lacoue-Labarthe is one of the leading intellectual figures in France.

Kimesis in the works of Derrida and Girard plays a decisive role. At the same time, there has been a profound discovery of the scientific and structural lacoue-labarghe of literary texts, which really consists in the deconstruction of certain positivistic ideals, which, since the 19 th century, apparantly enhanced human science.

Mimesis lacoue-labarte be seen as a tool in breaking down logocentric thinking. Referring to the Victim. Search my Subject Specializations: He also criticizes the claim that there is something prior to representation.

Anybody interested in the problem of mimesis whether from a psychoanalytic, platonic, or any other philosophical angle cannot avoid an encounter with this mimessis. When this self-effacement becomes too dominant, it seems to stem from academic rivalry. Google Books no proxy Setup an lacouee-labarthe with your nimesis in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy.

As we have seen, Girard has made mimesis an essence in his thought. Enemies of Mimetic Essence: Derrida actually goes further in ‘The Double Session’. Rather they should see the overall structure of the whole discourse as governed by desire. As we can see, Derrida clearly regards mimesis as representation, although mimetic representation has no definitive essence attached to it. Thus the scapegoat becomes a decisive factor in human development.

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