In Richard Wolin's The Seduction of Unreason
a reference to Derrida's article defending de Man is wrongly given as belonging to the Summer 1989 issue of Critical Inquiry
. In fact, that issue carried a number of rejoinders to Derrida, including some comments by Shoshana Felman, titled "Paul de Man's Silence". (Ten years later, in the 1999 Winter issue, Felman will plead to "return to Benjamin his silence" in the article titled - "Benjamin's Silence".) Derrida's very long ( over 60 pages ) article came in the Spring issue of 1988.
"The idea of innocence recovered at the far side and by way of experience, of paradise consciously regained after the fall into consciousness, the idea, in other words, of a teleological and apocalyptic history of consciouslness is, of course, one of the most seductive, powerful, and deluded topoi of the idealist and romantic period."
The missing text
At first I thought i'd make this a palimpsest of quotations, but as I
am commenting now, I will promise to put quotes around quotes, although
I do not pledge to provide the source every time. (I will if asked).
mystifying thing occured today: the copy of Resistance to Theory
from the library. Well, I could not be sure where the book
went, but its record is gone from the catalogue. I had it for so long
that could not renew it anymore and even paid $.75 in late fees,
upon returning it last week.
Thus I have a proof, in the form of a receipt, that the book was there
before. A librarian at the reference could not explain this
to me, but she said she'd e-mail the Collection Development chief. She
also gave me his e-mail; her hands shaking as she wrote it down.
There are two possible explanations: either it is the work
of an honest thief, or someone is intentionally hiding the book from
me. The latter option, however, is the matter for leo_strauss
The readers of oppressed thinkers, in the words of a major theoretician of the discourse of persecution, "..."
Overfacile opinion notwithstanding, teaching is not primarily an intersubjective relationship between people but a cognitive process in which self and other are only tnagentially and contiguously involved. The only teaching worthy of its name is scholarly, not personal; analogies between teaching and various aspects of show business or guidance counseling are more often the not excuses for having abdicated the task.