The Impossible

So I was reading Paper Machine by Derrida today and he was remarking on the impossible and how invention can only happen by doing the impossible.  The last three articles I read actually summarized what has been his general argument, for me at least (outside of telepathy though he does include it indirectly),  by dealing the impossible, the event, the other, deconstruction in general and, the gift/hospitality.

His conception of the gift is what most intrigues me.  He believes that the gift or forgiveness can only be deemed such when it is done for the unforgivable.  He deems this an impossibility because if something is unforgivable how can you forgive it?  At the same time he believes it is something worth striving for, not just just a thing to disregard because of its impossibility.  He also states that invention comes from doing the impossible.  What was not known as being possible before is the only thing that can be invented.  And that, the bringing about of the unforeseen other, is the event which is the aim of deconstruction.  To bring about the invention of the other through the seeking of unlimited hospitality.  It is as much unlimited hospitality to logic and the word as it is to people, though seemingly people play into the very nexus of the philosophy.

This guy I just met posted about the interaction of science and religion not too long ago.  There was a physicist stating something along the lines of philosophy is dead.  It brings about nothing new.  That is patently false.  As long as there is new knowledge being created philosophy as a past time and discipline will be necessary for deciphering the meaning and use of that knowledge within the greater whole.  This is especially true as disciplines become more specialized.  We can see graspings for interdisciplinary studies and integral knowledge.  This is what philosophy excels at, or can excel at if performed correctly, and particularly something deconstruction can accomplish.

By being unconditionally open to other deconstruction analyzes forwards and backward, throughout time; past, future, present; and through that invents.  Derrida makes a connection between hospitality and and illegal immigrants.  I think his position on hospitality marks what many believe about allowing illegal immigrants status within our countries.  That there is more creativity as a result of greater participation from a more diverse pool of people.  This is example of how exactly one can take the breakdown of a common courtesy among persons and turn it into a critique on an entire culture.  It is also easy to see the position one is likely to take in these political debates through this type of analysis.  As a result it’s an incredibly useful tool.

I’ll come back to this later I’m sure.  I love this style of thought.

 

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