Derrida Reading Group (PHI 620-S31)

Jacques Derrida: On Touching–––Jean-Luc Nancy (2000)

Spring Semester 2006

Prof. Hugh J. Silverman

Wednesdays 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.

Room: Harriman Hall (second floor) –Room 201

                                                                                                                                                           

 

Schedule of Readings

 

Date(s)

Sections

Pages

 

25 Jan -

1 Feb

"When our eyes touch…"

Signing a Question­­–––from Aristotle

 

1 - 8

 

 8-14 Feb

§ 1.   Psyche

"Around her, with such exact and cruel knowledge"

 

11-19

 21 Feb

§ 2.   Spacings

The Incommensurable, Syncope, and Words Beginning with 'ex-'

 

20-35

 

§ 3.   This Is My Body

Points Already: Counterpoint, Mourning Psyche, and the Hand of…

 

36-65

 

§ 4.      The Untouchable, or the Vow of Abstinence

The Exorbitant, I ––– Tact "beyond the possible"–––Stroking, Striking, Thinking, Weighing: Mourning Eros and the Other Hand of…

 

 

66-91

 

§ 5.   Tender

This Is My Heart, "the heart of another"

 

92-110

 

§ 6.   Nothing to Do in Sight: "There's no 'the' sense of touch"

Haptics, 'technę,' or Body Ecotechnics

 

111-131

 

§ 7.   Tangent I

Hand of Man, Hand of God

 

135-158

 

§ 8.   Tangent II

"For example, my hand"–––"The hand itself"–––"For example, the finger"–––"For example, 'I feel my heart'"

 

 

159-182

 

§ 9.   Tangent III

The Exorbitant, 2, "Crystallization of the impossible": "Flesh," and, again, "For example, my hand"

 

183-215

 

§ 10.   Tangent IV

Tangency and Contingency, I: The "question of technics" and the "aporias" of Flesh, "(contact, at bottom)"

 

216-243

 

§ 11.   Tangent V

Tangency and Contingency, 2: "The 'merciful hand of the Father,' with which he thus touches us, is the Son.…the Word that is 'the touch that touches the Soul' (toque de la Divinidad…el toque que toca al alma)"

 

 

244-262

 

§ 12.   "To self-touch you"

Touching–––Language and the Heart

 

265-280

 

§ 13.   "And to you." The Incalculable

Exactitude, Punctuality, Punctuation

 

281-299

 

 Salve

Untimely Postscript, for Want of a Final Retouch

 

300-310

 

Salut to you, salut to the blind we become

      Jean-Luc Nancy

 

313-314