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Derrida's Secret: Perjury, Testimony, Oath

Charles Barbour


Against the backdrop of a series of recent political events (the Snowden Affair, the Manning Affair, Wikileaks, Clinton’s private email account, and so forth), this book argues that secrecy is a condition, rather than a negation, of the social bond – that we can only relate to one another insofar as, at the same moment, we separate from one another as well. It pursues this argument via a close consideration of Derrida’s thought, and especially his discussion of the concepts of perjury, testimony, and oath in his later work. It shows that, for Derrida, precisely because the other, or some cruci ... More

Keywords: Secret, Lie, Derrida, Perjury, Testimony, Oath, Consciousness, Politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781474424998
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474424998.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles Barbour, author
Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Western Sydney