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Broken TabletsLevinas, Derrida, and the Literary Afterlife of Religion$
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Sarah Hammerschlag

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231170598

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231170598.001.0001

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To Lose one’s Head

To Lose one’s Head

Literature and the Democracy to Come

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Broken Tablets

Sarah Hammerschlag

Columbia University Press

Shows how Derrida's political thinking developed in relation to his understanding of literature and argues that for Derrida, literature provides a means to call into question the sovereign subject of liberal political theory.

Keywords:   Derrida, Levinas sovereignty, Freedom, Bartleby, auto-immunity

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