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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The first is subjectal loss—the loss of the subject of philosophy, in literature and mimesis. In Athens human scapegoats were regularly mimedis and ritually sacrificed as a practical measure to preserve civil order.

For Girard this would mean imitation without any engendering, which again would mean no mimesis. The repetitive element in mimesis is self-evident in Girardian theory, but the distinction between direct copying and innovative imitation is seldom considered.

Contents Desistance by Jacques Lacoue-labarrthe. Together with the introduction, these essays are essential reading for anyone interested in Heidegger, postmodernism, and the history of mimesis in philosophy and literature.

Come as You are: In this respect Lqcoue-labarthe focuses on the non-sacrificial effects, on the culture arising after expulsion. Mimesis is located as something unique in itself; mimesis with no before or after, no repetition, no imitation, no reality, no right or wrong similarity, no truth outside the mimetic.

The essence in every repetition is, according to Deleuze, non-mediated difference.

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Science Logic and Mathematics. Doubling in Girardian thought is the process of becoming more and more identical through desiring the other. The Echo of the Subject. There is, generally speaking, a fundamental breach between Girard and most contemporary French philosophers on this issue, which I think points to a basic difference concerning their worldview.

But the desire to expel seems to refer to something beyond writing. However, in the work of Girard mimesis is the force governing all human relationships and cultural life.


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Lacoue-lxbarthe is something both profound and slightly comical in the way academics today dismiss their own profession as thinkers. Everything begins with representation. This is, as we have seen, clearly an exaggeration. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

The productive force of mimesis can be seen as the way in which it multiplicates images, words, thoughts and actions without becoming tangible itself. Girard is more concerned about whether imitation meaning what one imitates is substantial and true, than about whether it is a copy or not.

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.

This does not mean that there is copying without innovation; it means that writing is an intertextual game, without beginning and without end. Sexuality and Narrative Judith Roof Limited preview – This not only questions autonomous forms, it can also be seen as questioning any kind of originality. 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.

Don’t have an account? Every text stands in a mimetic relation to another text. The supplement also refers to originality; it could even be labelled as the most original, and therefore the most liable for expulsion. There are no comparable books, or books that could supersede it.

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. Mimesis is something in itself with no reference outside itself, and should not be reduced to anything else. There is, however, the case of non-rivalistic mimesis, but, seen against the whole of mimetic theory, the imitation of Christ is no different from mimetic desire in any way other than that the model differs. This volume of six essays deals with the relation between philosophy and aesthetics, particularly the role of mimesis in a metaphysics of representation.


Philosophy, General Works categorize this paper. While Girard concentrates on the exclusion of the victim, Derrida concentrates on the exclusion of writing. Lacoue-labwrthe Books no proxy Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy. There is an element of mmimesis in Girard when he indicates the process of the death of philosophy, and sees the death of literature in the emptying of all mimetic games.

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Please, subscribe or login to access full text content. The result of this desire for the uniqueness of mimesis is that it becomes indefinable. The Fable Literature and Philosophy. Derrida would probably hold that mimesis could exist without desire. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in FSO for personal use for details see www.

Representation and the Loss of the Subject. University Press Scholarship Online. Broadly speaking, it can be named as the refusal of the subject to be lost or dismissed, that is, the return of the subject. A fiercer critique of acquisitive mimesis is found in Lacoue-Labarthe’s work.

Girard venerates the great authors who revealed the mimetic principle. Mimesis is a kind of productive force in the writing of texts, as every text is an imitation of previous texts.