What is it about?

Western philosophy, obsessed with meaning and substance, has difficulty grasping the notion of place, because it is uneasy with its vacancy. This essay explores the way in which two contemporary philosopher do try to attain an understanding of place. It then uses place to explain the authors' political commitments, as well as for indicating their positions on a philosophico-theological spectrum.

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Why is it important?

By exploring the ways in which place can be thought, we shed light where, philosophically, there is little. Yet the notion of place, and the commitment to place, within an oeuvre also reveals the extent of the author's political engagement.


This essay allowed me to explain the pivot-moment between Derrida and Agamben, where the latter departs from the former, and to position that moment in these authors' theological comportments.

Arthur Willemse
Maastricht University

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This page is a summary of: Tell the story of all this: the place of the fire in the hermeneutics of Derrida and Agamben, Textual Practice, August 2019, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/0950236x.2019.1651760.
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