The Platonic Remainder

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Derrida's reading of the Timaeus in Khôra is critical to our understanding first of Derrida, then Plato, and finally to the constitution of philosophy per se. The reading of the khôra in the Timaeus is critical to our understanding of Derrida because it contains certain clear homologies with his earlier readings of Plato as evidenced in 'La Pharmacie de Platon' and La Carte postale, among other texts. Second, to the same degree that Khôra reveals the centrality of the Platonic corpus to the Derridean project it also reveals the centrality of corpus/corpse in Plato. It discloses the presence of a constitutive otherness in the Platonic text that can neither be subsumed into the purely intelligible nor reduced to the unintelligible. Third, Khôra as such names that place that both exceeds philosophy and makes it possible. The place, which is no place, that is the khôra is in fact the space of irony, understood as a perpetual hinge point between a given statement's denotative content and its figurative undermining. Khôra names the non-space that makes the joining of these two levels of signification possible and hence creates the space necessary for the construction and deployment of philosophical concepts.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDerrida and Antiquity
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191720598
ISBN (Print)9780199545544
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2010

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  • Derrida
  • Irony
  • Khôra
  • Otherness
  • Philosophy
  • Place
  • Timaeus


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