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Exemplarity and ChosennessRosenzweig and Derrida on the Nation of Philosophy$
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Dana Hollander

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804755214

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804755214.001.0001

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On the Philosophical Ambition of National Affirmation

On the Philosophical Ambition of National Affirmation

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Exemplarity and Chosenness
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This chapter examines the themes pursued by Jacques Derrida in the first seminar cycle on philosophical nationality in 1984–85. These include the conceptions of language involved in and implied by discourses of national affirmation and the idea that while national entities are paradoxical in their simultaneous aspiration to particularity and universality, these paradoxes yield an ethical responsibility for such entities to transform themselves and open themselves up to what they are not. The chapter also argues that Derrida can be considered as mobilizing a Levinasian understanding of ethical responsibility as election to capture the ethical injunction which follows from exemplarism.

Keywords:   Jacques Derrida, philosophical nationality, language, national affirmation, particularity, universality, ethical responsibility, election, exemplarism

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