Edward Said and Jacques Derrida: Reconstellating Humanism by Mina Karavanta and Nina Morgan

By Mina Karavanta and Nina Morgan

Edward acknowledged and Jacques Derrida: Reconstellating Humanism and the worldwide Hybrid good points essays that invoke stated and Derridas intellectually rigorous exam of humanism of their works; but through moving acknowledged and Derrida out in their contextsby dis-engaging them from their respective habitats of postcolonial stories and deconstructionand by way of putting them in every one others corporation, the gathering reconstellates these strains in their works that open the query of ethics, feedback, and the political in an effort to reassess the prestige of the human topic within the worldwide second. those fourteen interdisciplinary essays by way of best overseas students deal with current social switch and political questions and learn humanism from the views of literature, idea, historical past, gender experiences, and paintings in view of the highbrow effect of acknowledged and Derrida on modern philosophy. In rethinking the query of humanism, those essays pursue the research of pivotal recommendations which are theoretically and politically crucial within the worldwide age similar to the human topic, hybridity, neighborhood, philology, secularism, planetary humanism, moral antihumanism, inhabitancy, exceptionalism, utopia, and others.

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This, to repeat, is by no means to privilege the early poststructuralists over Said. That would indeed, be a retrogressive initiative. It is to say, rather, that, to me, Humanism and Democratic Criticism. however suggestive its directives concerning opposition in America, cannot have the status, given to it by so many of his friends and disciples since its posthumous publication, of a final statement, a summum, an apologia pro vita sua. Despite its decisive criticism of the inhumanity of various "traditional" or "classical" humanistic practices, it does not challenge, if it does not leave intact, that ontologically enabled meaning of humanism that, in claiming its liberation from the arbitrary authority of theological principle of presence, the Word of God, enabled a "liberal humanist" perspective that accommodated the other-difference, individuality, agency-to its invisible anthropo-logos, "enabled" them to take their proper place within the circle of which the Word of (Western, now American) Man is the Center.

And in sustaining that rhetoric and vision, the latter-day Jeremiahs effectually forged a powerful vehicle of middle-class ideology: a ritual of progress through consensus, a system of sacred-secular symbols for a laissezfaire creed, a 'civil religion' for a people chosen to spring fully formed into the modem world-America, the first begotten daughter of democratic capitalism, the only country that developed, from the seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries into a wholly middle-class culture" (28-29).

I don't know why it takes on an epic, you know, kind of thing. CG: Oh, maybe it doesn't. I didn't mean to suggest that. I simply suggested that perhaps you were interested in this almost larger than life type of thing. JL: I don't know. CG: Maybe you're not. ) What can be gleaned from this exchange is that Lawrence has had difficulties with the master epithet bestowed on his work. Despite the fact that Greene, to his credit, offers two possible definitions of "epic" in his question, this term is, generally speaking, used in a rather colloquial sense, so much so that Lawrence is hesitant to latch on to it and rather feels he has to refuse an instance of language again.

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