Category Archives: Book Reflections

“Being Given” Circles in Sand and Marion’s Neuroses

Phil 6958: The Uncertain Boundaries of the Subject 11/28/11 Short Paper on Being Given, the finale Marion’s turn to paternity as an example of the “nameless call” remained obscure for me. It seemed to reveal more of his personal neuroses about … Continue reading

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“Being Given” Experiencing Phenomena and Thought Formulas

Phil 6958: The Uncertain Boundaries of the Subject 11/16/11 Short Paper on Being Given, part 2 In this reading §26 particularly stood out to me. Marion begins by laying out a very enticing objection to the Cartesian-Scientific epistemological framework (262). This reminded … Continue reading

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“Being Given” A Cause is an Effect of an Effect

Phil 6958: The Uncertain Boundaries of the Subject 11/16/11 Short Paper on Being Given I was drawn to Jean-Luc Marion’s claim that a cause is the effect of an effect (165). It is the effect that is encountered and which is … Continue reading

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“Of Grammatology” The Writing Meme and Its Lost History

Phil 6958: The Uncertain Boundaries of the Subject 10/3/11 Short Paper on Of Grammatology Part 2 I first had a lot of difficulty grasping Derrida’s meaning in this reading. It was in researching the history of language (online) that I came … Continue reading

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“Of Grammatology” a Signifier of a Signifier of a Signifier of Signifieds

Phil 6958: The Uncertain Boundaries of the Subject 9/29/11 Short Paper on Of Grammatology “‘Signifier of the signifier’ describes on the contrary the movement of language: in its origin, to be sure, but one can already suspect that an origin whose … Continue reading

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“Totality and Infinity” “As-sociation” and “Enjoyment” ?

Phil 6958: The Uncertain Boundaries of the Subject 9/15/11 Short Paper 2 on Totality and Infinity, thus far… A particular line in our reading that stuck out to me was under the section f) language and justice: “If we call a … Continue reading

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“Totality and Infinity” Like an Inside Joke in a Foreign Film

Phil 6958: The Uncertain  Boundaries of the Subject 9/7/11 Short Paper on Totality and Infinity, thus far… Thus far, Totality and Infinity resembles to me the experience of watching a foreign film. At times I understand completely what is going … Continue reading

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