Distancing Oneself

By:
Dr Mark Jackson
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In his translator’s introduction to Heidegger’s two-volume publication, Nietzsche, David Farrell Krell recounts that on its original German publication, the spine of the book simply had the two names Nietzsche/Heidegger, in the same font and type size. A perplexed reader may have wondered whether this was indeed a book about or by Heidegger. And for the great philosopher of distance and the distanz of distance, of distancing and de-distancing that we read in Being and Time, “confrontation” with Nietzsche enters a complex realm of relations to the self of one’s self. Indeed, for Heidegger, it was not Nietzsche thinking and writing but Being itself revealing itself thought the thinker.

This theme or question of distance for both Nietzsche and Heidegger is foregrounded in the slim volume by Jacques Derrida, Spurs: The Styles of Nietzsche. In bringing Heidegger and Neitzsche into proximity precisely on the question of distance and proximity, Derrida aims to leverage for Heideggerian “appropriation” an ontology of sexual difference via Nietzsche’s ‘Woman’. Is Nietzsche appropriated here for Heidegger? The complication, or complicity in Derrida’s text lies in his attempt to read Heidegger or at the very least Heidegger’s Nietzsche (and Heidegger’s Nietzsche which would not quite amount to the same thing) as a question of styles, dissimulations or plays.

This paper aims to trace Derrida’s complex weave of “giving” and “giving for”, of giving and taking, that is given as style’s ‘proper’ name, which for Derrida is Heidegger’s proper ‘Woman.’


Keywords: Heidegger Studies, Deconstruction, Feminism, Nietzschean Studies, Language, Philosophy
Stream: Literature, Literary Studies, Language, Linguistics, Philosophy, Ethics, Consciousness, Sexuality, Gender, Families
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Distancing Oneself


Dr Mark Jackson

Head of  Research, School of Art and Design, AUT University
Auckland, New Zealand

Dr. Mark Jackson currently co-ordinates the PhD programme in the School of Art & Design at AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand. He is also Head of Research in that School and Associate Dean (Postgraduate) in the Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies. He was awarded his PhD in Architecture from the University of Sydney in 1994, and was a visiting scholar in the Faculty of Architecture at MIT, Boston in 1996. In 2003 he was a visiting professor at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Karlsruhe, Germany. His research focus is on Continental philosophy and its relations to architecture, design and visual culture. He is currently developing a monograph on the architecture of modernity, with reference to the architectural figures in the works of Walter Benjamin and Michel Foucault.

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