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Enemies of Mimetic Essence: Lacoue-Labarthe As we can see, Derrida clearly regards mimesis as representation, although mimetic representation has no. Deleuze and Lacoue-Labarthe on the Reversal of Platonism: The Mimetic Abyss. David Lane. Among Friedrich Nietzsche’s many daring philosophical declara-. Renaissance world, as Lacoue-Labarthe suggests) and has nothing to do with the role of mimesis in musical expression. It concerns, rather, a question of.

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Typography — Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, Christopher Fynsk | Harvard University Press

It would be more accurate to say that representational mimesis refers to originary mimesis, which is mimetic desire. Science Logic and Mathematics.

Philippe Lacoue-LabartheChristopher Fynsk. Derrida actually goes further in ‘The Double Session’. In this respect the original or originality will often stand in danger of being excluded from textual production-machines.

Philosopher, literary critic, translator of Nietzsche and BenjaminPhilippe Lacoue-Labarthe is one of the leading intellectual figures in France. According to Lacoue-Labarthe, Girard objects to the view that mimesis contains representation and can be controlled by a process of representation — or re presentation.

Art, Mimesis, and the Avant-Garde: Both Girard and Derrida focus on what is excluded: On the other hand, putting an extreme emphasis on mimesis, also means that everything as related to human culture depends upon various forms of imitation.

Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, Typography: Mimesis, Philosophy, Politics – PhilPapers

mimezis Girard, as a religious thinker, considers reality as basically something a priori and attainable, while Lacoue-Labarthe clearly sees reality as something construed, claiming that maintaining the religious means the denial of representation, as this denial is belief.

According to Lacoue-Labarthe, there is no faculty that is not taken from representation. They are critical of the belief in an inner wisdom, or inner revelation, which may be attained from outside the act of imitating.


John Protevi – manuscript. Every imitation is a supplementsomething distinct from that which is imitated. Come as You are: Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in FSO lacoue-labrthe personal use for details see www.

Desistance by Jacques Derrida. Girard may have betrayed the essence of mimesis by fixing itbut has, nonetheless, been able to make use of it. Mimesis is clearly seen as a central concept in the process of deconstruction.

Denegation and Identification in Freud. Lacoue-Labarthe, Art and Politics. According to Girard, Western thought lacoue-labartye tried to efface the trace of the founding violence.

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Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe – – Angelaki 8 2: The supplement also refers to originality; it could even be labelled as the most original, and therefore the most liable for expulsion. Mimesis in the Works of Girard and Derrida. Both see llacoue-labarthe as a fundamental force in the act of forming culture. Philippe Lacoue-Labarthesubjectal lossliteraturemimesisrepresentationpresentationphilosophysubject.

But it seems legitimate to ask whether revealing irrationality is not also a question of revealing untruth? Girard is more concerned about whether imitation meaning what one imitates is substantial and true, than about whether it is a copy or not.

The essence in every repetition is, according to Deleuze, mimessi difference. The repetitive element in mimesis is self-evident in Girardian theory, but the distinction between direct copying and innovative imitation is seldom considered.

As we have seen, Girard operates with a concept of doubling, one which takes place only in the later phases of mimetic desire.


When compared to Auerbach’s understanding of mimesis, however, Derrida and other deconstructionists have been more eager to analyse and interpret mimesis as a concept and phenomenon. This volume of six essays deals with the relation between philosophy and aesthetics, particularly the role of mimesis in a metaphysics of representation.

Girard is preoccupied with origins. Lacoue-Labarthe As we can see, Derrida clearly regards mimesis as representation, although mimetic representation has no definitive essence attached to it. There is, however, the case of non-rivalistic mimesis, but, seen against the whole of mimetic theory, the imitation of Christ is no different from mimetic desire in any way other than that the model differs.


In Athens human scapegoats were regularly identified and ritually sacrificed as a practical measure to preserve civil order. For Girard everything begins with mimesis. Comment [] “Typography is a book whose importance has not diminished since its first publication in French in If this were primitive doubling, it would also be, according to Girard, a common, contemporary doubling.

But this book is much more than a collection of essays: Derrida and Girard, however, tend to use mimesis differently. Mimesis is Pre-Representational As we have seen, Girard operates with a concept of doubling, one which takes place only in the later phases of mimetic desire.

Prolegomena to a French-German Dialogue. In this respect Derrida focuses on the non-sacrificial effects, on the culture arising after expulsion. William Robert – – Hypatia 25 2: The privilege of the spoken word, as both origin and self-preserved truth, needs to be deconstructed, while mimesis actually prevents the unproblematic reference to the ideal, the essence.


But the desire to expel seems to refer to something beyond writing. Desire in Derrida’s thinking does not seem to be so decisive that representation becomes secondary, which is the case in Girard’s work. This is, as we have seen, clearly an exaggeration. Every copy which is lacoue-labartbe direct copying brings with it something supplemental.