[Judéités - questions pour Jacques Derrida]


 

»Judentümer«
Fragen für Jacques Derrida


Herausgegeben von Joseph Cohen und Raphael Zagury-Orly

Europäische Verlagsanstalt, 2007

Mit Beiträgen von :

Jacques Derrida
Jürgen Habermas
Hélène Cixous
Jean-Luc Nancy
Michal Ben Naftali
Moshé Idel
Catherine Malabou
Blandine Kriegel
Betty Rojtman
Gianni Vattimo
Gérard Bensussan
Joseph Cohen/Raphael Zagury-Orly
Stéphane Habib
Gil Anidjar
Hent de Vries


Judentümer – Fragen für Jacques Derrida ist in mehrfacher Hinsicht ein einzigartiges Buch: Jacques Derrida, der Herkunft nach algerischer Jude und die bedeutendste Gestalt im französischen Geistesleben der letzten Jahrzehnte, hat sich kaum einmal so explizit auf die eigene Biographie bezogen wie in seinem Beitrag zu diesem Band und gibt zugleich in der »Dekonstruktion« seines eigenen Judentums ein besonders zugängliches Beispiel seines philosophischen Vorgehens.
Die weiteren Beiträge von Mitstreitern wie Kontrahenten, darunter Hélène Cixous, Jean-Luc Nancy, Gianni Vattimo und Jürgen Habermas, sind – auf dieser großen Konferenz wenige Jahre vor seinem Tod, aus der der Band hervorging – eine intellektuelle Hommage an Denkweise, ethische Absicht und jüdische Wurzeln Jacques Derridas.


 

Judeities:
Questions for Jacques Derrida

by Bettina Bergo (Editor, Translator), Michael B. Smith (Translator)

Fordham University Press (15 May 2007)

Invited to answer questions about his relationship to Judaism, Jacques Derrida spoke through Franz Kafka: "As for myself, I could imagine another Abraham." From the experience of a summons that surprises us and prompts the query "Who, me?", Derrida explores the movement between growing up Jewish, "becoming Jewish," and "Jewish being" or existence. His essay "The Other Abraham" appears here in English for the first time. We no longer confront "Judaism" but "judeity," multiple Judaisms and Jewishnesses, manifold ways of being and writing as a Jew - in Derrida's case, as a French-speaking Algerian deprived of, then restored to French nationality in the 1940s. What is it to be a Jew and a philosopher? How has the notion of "Jewish identity" been written into and across Jewish literature, Jewish thought, and Jewish languages? Here, distinguished scholars address these questions, contrasting Derrida's thought with philosophical predecessors such as Rosenzweig, Levinas, Celan, and Scholem, and tracing confluences between deconstruction and Kabbalah. Derrida's relationship to the universalist aspirations in contemporary theology is also discussed, and his late autobiographical writings are evaluated. This multifaceted volume aims to open the question of Jewishness, above all, to hold it open as a question, though not one of practical or theoretical identity. As much a contestation of identity as a profound reflection on what it means today to seek, elude, and finally to wrestle with the significance of "being-jew," Judeities invites us to revisit the human condition in the twenty-first century. The contributors are: Michal Ben Naftali, Gerard Bensussan, Helene Cixous, Joseph Cohen, Jacques Derrida, Jurgen Habermas, Moshe Idel, Jean-Luc Nancy, Gianni Vattimo, Hent de Vries, and Raphael Zagury-Orly.
 

En français : Judéités : Questions pour Jacques Derrida, sous la direction de Joseph Cohen et de Raphaël Zagury-Orly, Galilée, "La philosophie en effet", 2003.