Man and World

, Volume 30, Issue 1, pp 65–82

Given Time and the Gift of Life

  • John Protevi

DOI: 10.1023/A:1004243526460

Cite this article as:
Protevi, J. Continental Philosophy Review (1997) 30: 65. doi:10.1023/A:1004243526460


“Given Time and the Gift of Life” explores the following nexus in Derrida's thought: the gift, the mother, and life. The first section examines life within the trajectory of the gift, the excess of gift over return in the gift of life, and the rewriting of Aristotelian generation in “differantial species-being.” The second section shows the “quasi-transcendental” nature of Derrida's thought. The conclusion sketches some of the political consequences of the gift of life thought as the quasi-transcendental gift of differantial species-being.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • John Protevi
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for French and Francophone StudiesLouisiana State UniversityBaton RougeUSA

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