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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There is, generally speaking, a lacoue-lzbarthe breach between Girard and most contemporary French philosophers on this issue, which I think points to a basic difference concerning their worldview. On the contrary, I would say, it is only now that one can truly begin to appreciate the groundbreaking status of these essays. Both Girard and Derrida criticize the belief in an inner, revealed truth outside any lacoue-lxbarthe.

But this book is lacouee-labarthe more than a collection of essays: Mimesis as a representation of reality is, however, not the essential element in mimetic theory. Referring to the Victim The question surrounding the authenticity of mimesis must, however, be seen in relation to the victim. Mimesis is unique in the sense that it is autonomouseven if it is anything but uncontaminated. References to this book Come as You are: Like Girard, Derrida is also sceptical about the notion of the autonomous original, the idea of the original as something not imitated.

The essence in every repetition is, according to Deleuze, non-mediated difference. Philosopher, literary critic, translator of Nietzsche miesis BenjaminPhilippe Lacoue-Labarthe is one of the leading intellectual figures in France.

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The first is subjectal loss—the loss of the subject of philosophy, in literature and mimesis. Broadly speaking, it can be named as the refusal of the subject to be lost or dismissed, that is, the return of the mimmesis.

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Derrida has, according to Girard, substituted the trace for being, in the Heideggerian sense.

Mimesis is clearly seen as a central concept in the process of deconstruction. The emphasis, from a normative context, is on what one is imitating. And when we consider mimesis in art, there is always an element of exclusion of the supplement, of that which is different and lacks a clear reference to previous art.

Girard belongs to the thinkers who believe laccoue-labarthe there are qualitative truths to be found, and it does not matter if these are found through dismissing or neglecting the boundaries between lacoue-lavarthe, anthropology, literature and theology. For Girard everything begins with mimesis. There are no comparable books, or books that could supersede it.

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According to deconstructionist theory, mimesis dissolves existing lackue-labarthe and hierarchies. Contents Desistance by Jacques Derrida. Mimesis is a kind of productive force in the writing of texts, as every text is an imitation of previous texts. Jacques Derrida and the Humanities: The second, intertwined with the first, is in fact instrumental in stimulating the rigor with which the first develops.

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The repetitive element in mimesis is self-evident in Girardian theory, but the distinction between direct copying and innovative imitation is seldom considered. Anybody interested in the problem of mimesis whether from a psychoanalytic, platonic, or any other philosophical angle cannot avoid laacoue-labarthe encounter with this book. Schultz – – P. Philippe Lacoue-LabartheChristopher Fynsk.

Derrida, in the tradition of Heidegger, claims that truth as a metaphysical referent is something outside of lacoue-labarfhe philosophical realm. Mimesis in the works of Derrida and Girard plays a decisive role. The points it makes, the way it approaches the questions of mimesis, fictionality, and figurality, is unique.

Sign in to use this feature. This not only questions autonomous forms, it can also be seen as questioning any kind of originality. William Robert – – Hypatia 25 2: Walton – – Harvard University Nimesis.


History of Mimseis Philosophy. Representational mimesis is secondary, dependent on the formative effects of mimetic desire. 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.


On the other hand, there is enormous scope within the deconstructionist project for destructing the philosophic and theological tradition, even for attempting to deconstruct the metaphysics of the humanistic sciences as a whole. 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.

Lacoue-Labarthe claims that mimesis has no essence, only representation. In this respect there is a scapegoating of the new, the different, which, through mimetic shifts, changes and acquires new forms.

It does not seem, however, plausible that the deconstructionists can reveal the irrational simply by taking more account of desire in their discourse. There is also mimesie supplemental about imitation, as it is different from the thing that is imitated. Lacoue-Labarthe shows, through various explorations of the link between philosophy and literature, that this subjectal return doubles and paralyzes itself. Mimesis can be seen as a tool in breaking down logocentric thinking.

Together with the introduction, these essays are essential reading for anyone interested in Heidegger, lacoue-albarthe, and the history of mimesis in philosophy and literature. Stanford University Press Amazon. As we have seen, Girard operates with a concept of doubling, one which takes place only in the later phases of mimetic desire.