The two essays in this volume are telling examples of Jacques Derrida’s recent work on ethical and political issues. Both deal with pressing contemporary problems. First, Derrida discusses the dilemmas of reconciliation and amnesty in situations where the bloody traumas of history demand forms of forgiveness, such as Apartheid in South Africa, the Vichy Regime in France, or the current situation in Algeria. Second, Derrida addresses the dilemma of refugee and asylum rights, which is a theme also addressed, in a different mode, by Sir Michael Dummett in another volume in this series.
This article represents the first part of a ten-hour address Derrida gave at the thirdCerisy-la-Salle conference devoted to his work, in July 1997. The title of the conference was ''LAnimal autobiographique"; see J:Animal autobiographique: Autour deJacques Derrida, ed. Marie-Louise Mallet (Paris, 1999); Derrida's essay appears on pp. 251-301. Later segments of the address dealt with Descartes, Kant, Heidegger, Lacan, and Lévinas, as note 4 explains and as other allusions made by Derrida suggest. The Lacan segment will appear in Zoo Ontologies: The Question of the Animal in Contemporary Theory and Culture, ed. Cary Wolfe (Min neapolis, 2002).
Questioning History ‘How can one be late to the end of history? A question for today.’1 Jacques Derrida’s fame rests largely on his ability to devise eccentric approaches to philosophical and cultural problems, and he might well be thought to have excelled himself with this particular question. Assuming, that is, that one felt ‘the end of history’ made any sense as a concept, given that, as some thinkers would have it, history is the equivalent of humankind’s memory
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