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A Liar in the Language of the Other or a Time for Telling the Truth

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This article sets out to establish the extent to which Jacques Derrida's Monolingualism of the Other: Or the Prosthesis of Origin can be regarded as satisfying the logical and pre-existential conditions it claims for any experience of the relation to the other. Matters are considerably complicated by the fact that these conditions are worked out in a faux-autobiographical reading that deliberately constructs a personal fable in order to reconstitute - in what might be regarded as a genuine auto-relation - a corpus of philosophical works. If this small book (but by extension the entire corpus to which it consistently alludes) contributes in the form of a heritage to questions of truth, knowledge and action, this would not be as a theory to be examined or subjected to critique, but as philosophy radicalised in its most essential form, as the mobilization of certain principles that are invulnerable to sceptical objection or denial.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: May 1, 2007

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