03.Sep

Out of Love and Friendship [Alexander Garcia-Düttmann, Derrida und ich]

.. i can imagine him, buy my friend, viagra misbehaving pretty badly in front of an audience. Insulting them. You want his, philosopher’s, secrets, his tips & tricks unveiled? And you’re also eager to know his particular idiosyncrasies, his singular style?  – .. here you have with, would he, my friend, answer to himself not [...]

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.. i can imagine him, buy my friend, viagra misbehaving pretty badly in front of an audience. Insulting them. You want his, philosopher’s, secrets, his tips & tricks unveiled? And you’re also eager to know his particular idiosyncrasies, his singular style?  - .. here you have with, would he, my friend, answer to himself not waiting anybody’s reply, delivering deconstruction onto them. Here you have with, Betriebsgeheimnis plus Eigentümlichkeiten of a Philosopher. Here you have it, yes – a Something, but definitively not philosophy, would he go further on. Then philosophy is not something about know-how, is not about a particular opinion – philosophy is only about just life. His friend, the genius, has taught him that much, says he, my friend, the bad-boy.

To do justice to a friend, a teacher passed away cannot mean paying tribute to his, teacher’s greatness, cannot mean denouncing his doxa post-mortem. If there is a way for justice to outlast this act of amical reminiscence, it has – as justice – to become a problem. A palpable one. This justice-problem will make a proper doing-justice impropable, but will in turn do justice to a problem itself. And, he, my friend, thinks that there is a problem of deconstruction. He even gets to put in a formula. If I would be you.. If I am you…

I cannot go here into the philosophical details, into all the intricacies of Garcia-Düttmann’s philosophizing of Derrida’s philosophy. But for a second, that does not matter. What does matter, however, is this dumb, necesseraly dumb idea of just life if we are to philosophize.

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 Somewhere Nietzsche says that in contrast to ordinary professions you can’t make philology and philosophy a family-business. You have to think them stripped-off of a kinship, of a proper genealogy. And constructing a virtual community of peers, some Republik der Geister, will ultimately not offer any consolation. If you’re to think, to make and to do, to live philosophy you have to make this alone, without a safety net. You cannot be socialized, and if you could – the nearest thing resembling familial bringing-up would be, or actually is, the gigantomachia.

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Doing justice to a philosopher-friend… An act of violence, out of love & friendship?  The masquerade set-up by Alex (starting already with the title, or the first motto), a mock-up of laudatory identification easily could deceive you in regards of his proper aim. And this aim – to be frank – insists on the problematic, polemic doing-justice to a friend, who once was a teacher. A teacher, whose insights were short-cuts to the outside, the more-of-life.

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To think “the only”, to think “the best”. A proper task in deconstruction. He, my friend the bad-boy, has spent some considerable time in renegotiating the terms in which to think those two particular words – only, best. For those fairly acquainted with deconstruction there is a simple truth: only = best. Deconstruction is the best method and therefore the only one. Even if deconstruction in its insistence upon the heterodox, those fairly acquainted will say, should not subscribe to something unitary, this equation, if examined closely, will actually betray deconstruction, making it possible-impossible. And there you have this version of deconstruction for the petty-people: conditions of a possibility are at the very same time the conditions of impossibility.  Everything is, and is not.

But to think “the best” disentagled from “the only” and vice versa – this is nothing rewarding. Not even humiliating. This is the unlikely way of acknowledging that something best, something most valuable, has nothing necessary about itself – that this best is not the one-and-only option. And that the only, by necessity only, way or path chosen is not and will never become the best one – not now or ever. 

Yes, deconstruction as philosophy may be the best one, but is it really the only one? Yes, deconstruction as philosophy may the only effective way of thinking, but is it really the best possible?

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He, my friend, has philosophized those quadrants: only, best, actualization, potentiality. He has not allowed to take those sectors apart, or to confuse them for each other. A task conferred by Heidegger upon his succesors  to think life based upon potentiality he, my friend the bad-boy, has not taken up light-hearted or disavowing. He realized that a category discredited, that of a actualization, has to be thought otherwise if to make any sense of its more prominent counter-part.

And, by chance, by a mere chance, his friend, who once was his teacher, has discovered domains to unearth those at value-face abstract philosophical notions. Friendship, literature. And maybe, but just maybe, love.

To think potentiality fully intensified where “nothing becomes impossible”  is to think of friendship and of literature and, maybe, of love. But again, not as something possibly best turning into something that only, necesserally, could be actualized – but as something (as friendship, love, literature) always reminiscent of just life. Which is never the best, neither the only-one.

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No, madams and sirs, no, you should not mistake friendship and literature for the question whether the one, teacher, has taken up some of the names thrown in by the other, his former disciple (Benjamin, yes. Adorno, no). In those matters names don’t count much. 

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To be reminiscent of gigantomachia, of life without kins and peers, this is a solitary life in provocation. A life in-flight. A life as literature, as friendship, and even maybe love. A life never best, never the only-one. Just life. Mere.

 

 

 

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