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Ideology, Rhetoric, AestheticsFor de Man$
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Andrzej Warminski

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748681266

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748681266.001.0001

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Machinal Effects: Derrida With and Without de Man

Machinal Effects: Derrida With and Without de Man

(p.185) Chapter 10 Machinal Effects: Derrida With and Without de Man
Ideology, Rhetoric, Aesthetics

Andrzej Warminski

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter attempts to disentangle Derrida's perversely argumentative account of de Man's reading of Rousseau (in ‘Excuses’) from what de Man's text actually says — which turns out to be not all that different from what Derrida says. It shows how both Derrida and de Man (and their altercation about Rousseau) are already inscribed in Rousseau's text. While Derrida's text in a certain sense ‘gets back at’ de Man for his critical reading of Grammatologie in 1970, it also performs something like an act of forgiveness for ‘the unforgivable’: i.e., de Man's wartime writings.

Keywords:   Paul de Man, Derrida, Rousseau

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