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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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Plato Pursued

However, in the work of Girard mimesis is the force governing all human relationships and cultural life. Oacoue-labarthe has, according to Girard, substituted the trace for being, in the Heideggerian sense. For Girard everything begins with mimesis. Added to PP index Total downloads 58of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 1of 2, How can I increase my downloads?

Philippe Lacoue-Labarthesubjectal lossliteraturemimesisrepresentationpresentationphilosophysubject. This manner of thought, according to Derrida, makes both Girard and Plato ripe for deconstruction, as they both operate with a concept of revealed truth; Plato in claiming the Idea as truth, and Girard by discovering anthropological truth through mimesis.

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. While Girard concentrates on the exclusion of the victim, Derrida concentrates on the exclusion of writing.

The emphasis, from a normative context, is on what one is imitating. This does not mean that there are not numerous differences between the subject and the model. Girard pays little attention to non-representation, which also holds for mimesis. Find it on Scholar.


Derrida and the Deconstruction of Mimesis. The supplement also refers to originality; it could even be labelled as the most original, and therefore the most liable for expulsion.

He is the victim in the desire to create a heterogenous society. There is something both profound and slightly comical in the way academics today dismiss their own profession as thinkers.


On the Foundations of the Representational Arts. Culture is formed by mimetic desire and thereby transformed into scapegoating. Both Girard and Derrida focus on what is excluded: The result of this desire for the uniqueness of mimesis is mkmesis it becomes indefinable. Two recurrent themes form the lacoue-labarrthe to this book’s exploration of Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe. Sign in Create an account. There is also something supplemental about imitation, as it is different from the thing that is imitated.

In a way, Girard dissolves the question of originality and copying by turning everything into mimesis. The problem arises when mimesis is seen devoid of its desiring nature. In this respect mimetic theory is branded metaphysical and in need of having its own concept of mimesis deconstructed.

But here there seems to be a certain ideological difference: Anybody interested in the problem of mimesis whether from a psychoanalytic, platonic, or any other philosophical angle cannot avoid an encounter with this book. Mimesis in the Works of Girard and Derrida.

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

Girard is more concerned about whether imitation meaning what one imitates is substantial and true, than about whether it is a copy or not.


According to Derrida, every affirmative discourse on origins will reveal a Theology. The Caesura of the Speculative. Girard is preoccupied with origins. In this respect writing is a consequence of violence, becoming a trace back to the sacred violence. Like Girard, Derrida is also sceptical about the notion of the autonomous original, the idea of the original as something not imitated.

This does not mean that there is copying without innovation; it means that writing is an intertextual game, without beginning and without end.

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. Lacoue-Labarthe is a philosopher and a comparatist in the highest sense of the word, and the breadth of his knowledge and the rigor of his thought are exemplary.

Derrida and the Deconstruction of Mimesis 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. Representation and the Loss of the Subject. The points it makes, the way it approaches the questions of mimesis, fictionality, and figurality, is unique.

But this book is much more than a collection of essays: This aim could be described as maximalistic. Aspects of a Philosophy of Difference.