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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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Specters of Messiah

Specters of Messiah

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(p.184) 7 Specters of Messiah
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Exemplarity and Chosenness
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804755214.003.0008

This chapter examines the issue of messianism in the works of Jacques Derrida. It traces the appearance of “the messianic” in Derrida's 1993 book Specters of Marx and shows how his new confrontation with the issue of alterity in time extends his reflections on exemplarity. The chapter highlights the similarity in Derrida and Franz Rosenzweig's conception of the messianic as a powerful account of history's radical openness to the future. It also shows how Derrida's concern to determine an “abstract” “messianic” apart from culturally specific messianic traditions extended his thinking about the relationship of philosophy to its particular cultural expressions.

Keywords:   messianism, Jacques Derrida, Specters of Marx, alterity in time, exemplarity, Franz Rosenzweig, philosophy

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