Skip to main content

‘Analytic' reading, ‘continental' text: The case of Derrida's ‘on forgiveness'

Buy Article:

$53.17 plus tax (Refund Policy)

Abstract:

This paper seeks to apply some of the tools of analytic philosophy to a text written by a ‘continental' philosopher, in order to evaluate the quality of its arguments. In ‘On Forgiveness', Jacques Derrida seems to be making two different claims about forgiveness. First, he claims that an act of forgiveness is only truly meaningful as forgiveness when one is forgiving the unforgivable. Second, he is also recommending that we change our understanding of the concept of forgiveness for ethical reasons. I examine three lines of argument used in the essay to support the first claim. I find each of these lines of argument problematic. Since these arguments are unconvincing, I argue that this leaves only the second claim for Derrida to defend.

Keywords: Derrida; continental philosophy; forgiveness

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09672550500080413

Affiliations: State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA

Publication date: June 1, 2005

More about this publication?
routledg/riph/2005/00000013/00000002/art00003
dcterms_title,dcterms_description,pub_keyword
6
5
20
40
5

Access Key

Free Content
Free content
New Content
New content
Open Access Content
Open access content
Subscribed Content
Subscribed content
Free Trial Content
Free trial content
Cookie Policy
X
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more