The Death Penalty, Volume I, trans. Peggy Kamuf (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013).
In this newest installment in Chicago’s series of Jacques Derrida’s seminars, the renowned philosopher attempts one of his most ambitious goals: the first truly philosophical argument against the death penalty. While much has been written against the death penalty, Derrida contends that Western philosophy is massively, if not always overtly, complicit with a logic in which a sovereign state has the right to take a life. Haunted by this notion, he turns to the key places where such logic has been established — and to the place it has been most effectively challenged: literature.
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