Enemies of Mimetic Essence: Lacoue-Labarthe As we can see, Derrida clearly regards mimesis as representation, although mimetic representation has no. Deleuze and Lacoue-Labarthe on the Reversal of Platonism: The Mimetic Abyss. David Lane. Among Friedrich Nietzsche’s many daring philosophical declara-. Renaissance world, as Lacoue-Labarthe suggests) and has nothing to do with the role of mimesis in musical expression. It concerns, rather, a question of.

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Philosophy, General Works mmimesis this paper. Girard, as a religious thinker, considers reality as basically something a priori and attainable, while Lacoue-Labarthe clearly sees reality as something construed, claiming that maintaining the religious means the denial of representation, as this denial is belief.

Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe teaches at the University of Strasbourg. And when we consider mimesis in art, there is always an element of exclusion of the supplement, of that which is different and lacks a clear reference to previous art.

Derrida has deliberately criticized Girard for this. Lacoue-labartue claims, through a reading of Lacoue-Labarthe, that Girard wishes to appropriate and identify lacooue-labarthe, and by that very act, betrays its essence. Wayne Stables – – Angelaki 20 4: Every text stands in a mimetic relation to another text.

The repetitive element in mimesis is self-evident in Girardian theory, but the distinction lacoue-labarteh direct copying and innovative imitation is seldom considered. Derrida would probably hold that mimesis could exist without desire.


Mimesis is located as something unique in itself; mimesis with no before or after, no repetition, no imitation, no reality, no right or wrong similarity, no truth outside the mimetic.

Heidegger, Mimesis and Critical Belonging. For Derrida there is no first writing, only different imitations or repetitions of previous texts. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and lacoue-labarthw.

However, in the work of Girard mimesis is the force governing all human relationships and cultural life. For Girard this would mean imitation without any engendering, which again would mean no mimesis.

Plato Pursued: Mimesis, Decision, and the Subject – Fordham Scholarship

Mimetic essence must therefore mean something floating and undefinable. When compared to Auerbach’s understanding of mimesis, however, Derrida and other deconstructionists have been more eager to analyse and interpret mimesis as a concept and phenomenon.

Adorno’s Concept of Imitation. It seems as though mimesis is formed by literary style and not vice versa.

Plato Pursued

Girard is preoccupied with origins. Prolegomena to a French-German Dialogue. The emphasis, from a normative context, is on what one is imitating. In this respect writing is a consequence of violence, becoming a trace back to the sacred violence.

In this respect Girard, despite his proclaiming God or Christ as the ultimate signifier, deconstructs most forms of autonomous and original concepts into acts of imitation. But this book is much more than a collection of essays: Stagings of Mimesis an Interview.

Lacoue-Labarthe claims that mimesis has no essence, only representation. The supplement can, in certain expressions, be seen as the original. Come as You are: There are no comparable books, or books that could supersede it.


Instead of showing how fiction mainly is a representation of reality like Auerbachthey seem keen to uncover a desire attached to mimesis which is interdividual, acquisitive and violent. When everything depends upon mimesis there can be no innovation outside imitation. Mimesis on the Move: Lacoue-Labarthe is a philosopher and a comparatist in the highest sense of the word, and the breadth of his knowledge and the rigor of his thought are exemplary.

Culture is formed by mimetic desire and thereby transformed into scapegoating. This manner of thought, according to Derrida, makes both Girard and Plato ripe for deconstruction, as they both operate with a concept of revealed truth; Plato in claiming the Idea as truth, and Girard by discovering anthropological truth through mimesis.

Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, Typography: Mimesis, Philosophy, Politics – PhilPapers

Walton – – Harvard University Press. Mimesis can be seen as a tool in lacue-labarthe down logocentric thinking. Stanford University Press- Philosophy – pages. Jacques Derrida and the Humanities: Derrida, in the tradition of Heidegger, claims that truth as a metaphysical referent is something outside of the philosophical realm.