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Deconstructing the Death Penalty: Derrida's Seminars and the New Abolitionism

Kelly Oliver and Stephanie Straub (eds)

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780823280100
eISBN:
9780823281541
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823280100.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This volume represents the first collection of essays devoted exclusively to Jacques Derrida's Death Penalty Seminars, conducted from 1999 to 2001. The volume includes essays from a range of scholars ... More


Introduction: From Capital Punishment to Abolitionism: Deconstructing the Death Penalty

Stephanie M. Straub

in Deconstructing the Death Penalty: Derrida's Seminars and the New Abolitionism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780823280100
eISBN:
9780823281541
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823280100.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

The introduction locates Derrida's philosophical project within wider developments in philosophy, death penalty abolition, and prison abolition, making a case for the unique value of his work in the ... More


Deadly Devices: Animals, Capital Punishment, and the Scope of Sovereignty

Kelly Oliver

in Technologies of Life and Death: From Cloning to Capital Punishment

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780823251087
eISBN:
9780823253036
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823251087.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Turning to capital punishment exercised on animals, along with Thomas Edison's experimentation on animals that led to the invention of the electric chair, I develop an alternative genealogy of man's ... More


A Proper Death: Penalties, Animals, and the Law

Nicole Anderson

in Deconstructing the Death Penalty: Derrida's Seminars and the New Abolitionism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780823280100
eISBN:
9780823281541
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823280100.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

In The Death Penalty I, Derrida elucidates Kant’s support of the death penalty as that which “marks the access to what is proper to man and to the dignity of reason or of human logos and nomos.” ... More


A New Primal Scene: Derrida and the Scene of Execution

Elizabeth Rottenberg

in Deconstructing the Death Penalty: Derrida's Seminars and the New Abolitionism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780823280100
eISBN:
9780823281541
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823280100.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter will explore a phantasm that lies at the heart of both Derrida's and Foucault's analyses of the death penalty. While Derrida’s theoretical questions are and remain very different from ... More


Figures of Interest: The Widow, the Telephone, and the Time of Death

Elissa Marder

in Deconstructing the Death Penalty: Derrida's Seminars and the New Abolitionism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780823280100
eISBN:
9780823281541
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823280100.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

In his seminar on the Death Penalty, Derrida insists upon the irreducibly theatrical and spectacular nature of any legal execution. An execution is not merely the material outcome of a legal process, ... More


Opening the Blinds on Botched Executions: Interrupting the Time of the Death Penalty

Kelly Oliver

in Deconstructing the Death Penalty: Derrida's Seminars and the New Abolitionism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780823280100
eISBN:
9780823281541
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823280100.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter uses the botched execution to interrupt the fantasy of the possibility of a humane death penalty. While the practice of lethal injection is designed to make capital punishment seem ... More


Furman and Finitude

Adam Thurschwell

in Deconstructing the Death Penalty: Derrida's Seminars and the New Abolitionism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780823280100
eISBN:
9780823281541
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823280100.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter argues that the United States Supreme Court’s death penalty jurisprudence provides an unlikely supplement to Derrida’s analysis, one that both supports and extends it. This ... More


The Heart of the Other?

Sarah Tyson

in Deconstructing the Death Penalty: Derrida's Seminars and the New Abolitionism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780823280100
eISBN:
9780823281541
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823280100.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

In the United States, life without parole (LWOP) has become the leading alternative to the death penalty. However, we have compelling reason to be suspicious what passes for the abolition of the ... More


Reading the ‘lay of the land’: intercessory advocacy and causal process in the HIV/AIDS treatment and death penalty abolitionist campaigns

Stephen Noakes

in The Advocacy Trap: Transnational Activism and State Power in China

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781526119476
eISBN:
9781526132413
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526119476.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

The cases presented in this chapter—those to improve care for the HIV positive and to abolish capital punishment—jointly call attention to the need to pay close attention to sequence and causal force ... More


Always the Other Who Decides: On Sovereignty, Psychoanalysis, and the Death Penalty

Michael Naas

in Deconstructing the Death Penalty: Derrida's Seminars and the New Abolitionism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780823280100
eISBN:
9780823281541
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823280100.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter elucidates Derrida's utilization of psychoanalytic discourse throughout the Death Penalty Seminars. The chapter argues that Derrida's formulation of sovereign power is derived chiefly ... More


Calculus

Kas Saghafi

in Deconstructing the Death Penalty: Derrida's Seminars and the New Abolitionism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780823280100
eISBN:
9780823281541
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823280100.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

In the second volume of The Death Penalty Seminars Derrida establishes a relation between capital punishment and reason itself, declaring that the question of the death penalty is also the question ... More


Beginning with Literature

Peggy Kamuf

in Deconstructing the Death Penalty: Derrida's Seminars and the New Abolitionism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780823280100
eISBN:
9780823281541
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823280100.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter takes up Derrida’s proposition in The Death Penalty, Volume I, that by definition the death penalty must be visible to an eye witness and the state “must see die the condemned one.” The ... More


The Death Penalty and Its Exceptions

Christina Howells

in Deconstructing the Death Penalty: Derrida's Seminars and the New Abolitionism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780823280100
eISBN:
9780823281541
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823280100.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter examines volume 1 of Derrida’s 1999 – 2000 Seminars on La Peine de Mort in conjunction with Force de Loi (1994), Politiques de l’amitié (1994) and Voyous (2003). Derrida’s explicit ... More


Derrida at Montaigne: A Stay of Execution

Katie Chenoweth

in Deconstructing the Death Penalty: Derrida's Seminars and the New Abolitionism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780823280100
eISBN:
9780823281541
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823280100.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter focuses on the Eleventh Session of Derrida’s Death Penalty seminar. In this session Derrida pauses in his readings of post-Enlightenment abolitionist discourse to turn to the Essais of ... More


“Bidding Up” on the Question of Sovereignty: Derrida between Kant and Benjamin

Kir Kuiken

in Deconstructing the Death Penalty: Derrida's Seminars and the New Abolitionism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780823280100
eISBN:
9780823281541
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823280100.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter interrogates the logic that Derrida identifies in the Death Penalty seminars and elsewhere as a logic of “surenchère” or “bidding-up.” This logic characterizes the development of the ... More


An Abolitionism Worthy of the Name: From the Death Penalty to the Prison Industrial Complex

Lisa Guenther

in Deconstructing the Death Penalty: Derrida's Seminars and the New Abolitionism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780823280100
eISBN:
9780823281541
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823280100.003.0014
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

In Derrida’s lectures on the death penalty, the United States figures as “both exemplary and exceptional." Derrida acknowledges the racist structure of state violence in the United States, but he ... More


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