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Not – on conceptual systems’, in Jacques Derrida, Marges de la philosophie (Paris: Minuit, 1972), pp. 392–3. In a slightly different idiom, this is directly comparable to Lyotard’s point in Le différend (Paris: Minuit, 1983), §190. PA, p. 40. Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit, §745. Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit, Remark to §273. Derrida identifies a disjunction in the concept of democracy between equality and difference (PA, p. 40), and no doubt this is the root of the instabilities I will be illustrating here.
The polis is composed not only of a plurality of individuals [pleionon anthropon], but also of speciﬁcally distinct elements ... e. 30 This is perhaps even the leitmotif of Aristotle’s political thinking. We should note especially here the motif of ‘too much’ or ‘too far’: and he returns to the point a little later in criticising Plato’s recommendations for the community of possessions: The error of Socrates must be attributed to the false notion of unity from which he starts. Unity there should be, both of the family and of the state, but in some respects only.
101. See Richard Beardsworth’s discussion in Derrida and the Political (London: Routledge, 1996), pp. 92–5. I argue this in depth, in the context of Kant’s account of teleological judgement, in Chapter 5 of Frontières kantiennes. McQuillan 01 intro 42 29/6/07 14:58:23 2 On the Multiple Senses of Democracy Jean-Luc Nancy Never do we wonder as much about the fragility of democracy as when democratic certainty is generally confirmed. When every discourse guarantees that ‘democracy’ is the only acceptable type of political regime for emancipated humanity that has come of age and that has no other purpose than itself, then the very idea of democracy loses its colour, becomes blurred, and perplexes us.
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