2020-04Thematic Section
Derrida’s Umbrapolitics: Marrano “Living Together”

Abstract:

This essay focuses on political implications of Derrida’s messianicité as a form of Marrano messianism: a universal vision of community “out of joints” which, despite its disjointedness and inner separation, nonetheless addresses itself as “we” (although always in inverted commas). By referring to the generalized “Marrano experience” – the fate of those Sephardic Jews who were forced to convert to Christianity and, in consequence, became neither Jewish nor Christian – Derrida takes the Marrano as his paradigmatic political figure of a “rogue” (voyou) who escapes every identity politics. In Derrida’s project of “living together” (vivre ensemble), the Marrano stands for the non-participatory remnant of otherness which is not just the other of this or that particular tradition, but becomes a bearer of a new universalism, based not on the abstract notion of human nature but on the non-identity, a distance-from-identity or what Yirmijahu Yovel calls the “non-integral identity.”

Keywords:

Derrida, political messianism, Marranism, new universalism, critique of totalitarianism, democracy to come

How to cite:

Bielik-Robson, Agata. “Tytuł.” Eidos. A Journal for Philosophy of Culture 4, no. 4 (2020): 63-82. https://doi.org/10.14394/eidos.jpc.2020.0041.

Author:

Agata Bielik-Robson
Theology & Religious Studies, University of Nottingham
University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD, United Kingdon;
Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences
72 Nowy Świat Street, 00-330 Warsaw, Poland
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9638-6758
abielik@ifispan.waw.pl

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