Law and Critique

, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 1–16 | Cite as

Allergologies Versus Homeopathies

Article

Abstract

This paper is a reconstruction of Levinas’ reading of Hegel and his understanding of violence (of the enemy and the war). Combining Franz Rosenzweig’s reflections which concern the sick philosopher and Hegel’s state, as well as Derrida’s interpretation of the different attributes of violence, our aim is also to give full evidence of Derrida’s critical reading of Levinas. The first part illustrates the various classifications of the figures of violence from the different periods of Hegel’s life and the traces that these figures have left in Levinas’ texts beginning with ‘Liberté et commandement’ in 1953. In the second part we discuss Hegel’s well-known analogy from his Rechtsphilosophie on sovereignty and the organism—that is to say the parallel reading of some paragraphs of Naturphilosophie too—and the relation between totality and violence, in Levinas’ ‘ontology as allergy’ and in Derrida’s autoimmunology.

Keywords

Allergy Homeopathy Immunology Other Philosopher Sovereignty Sickness Violence 

References

  1. Derrida, Jacques. 1974. Glas. Paris: Galilée.Google Scholar
  2. Derrida, Jacques. 1978. Violence and metaphysics. An essay on the thought of Emmanuel Levinas. In Writing and difference (trans: Bass, A.), 79–153. London and Henley: Routledge & Kegan Paul.Google Scholar
  3. Derrida, Jacques. 1998. Faith and knowledge. In Religion, ed. J. Derrida, and G. Vattimo. London: Polity.Google Scholar
  4. Derrida, Jacques, and Habermas, Jürgen. 2003. Philosophy in a time of terror: dialogues. In ed. Jürgen Habermas, Jacques Derrida, Giovanna Boradori. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press.Google Scholar
  5. Derrida, Jacques. 2005. Rogues, two essays on reason (trans: Braut, P.A., and Naas, M.). Stanford: Stanford University Press.Google Scholar
  6. Hegel, G.W.F. 1931. Jenenser Realphilosophie, vol. 2. Leipzig: Felix Meiner Verlag.Google Scholar
  7. Hegel, G.W.F. 1932. Jenenser Realphilosophie, vol. 1. Leipzig: Felix Meiner Verlag.Google Scholar
  8. Hegel, G.W.F. 1942. Hegel’s philosophy of right (trans: Knox, T.M.). Oxford: Clarendon Press.Google Scholar
  9. Hegel, G.W.F. 1969. Hegel’s science of logic (trans: Miller, A.V.). Atlantic Highlands: Humanities Press International.Google Scholar
  10. Hegel, G.W.F. 1970. Hegel’s philosophy of nature, vol. 3. In ed. M.J. Petry. London: George Allen and Unwin.Google Scholar
  11. Hegel, G.W.F. 1974a. Die “Rechtsphilosophie” von 1820, mit Hegels Vorlesungsnotizen, 1821–1825, vol. 2. Stuttgart: Frommann-Holzboog.Google Scholar
  12. Hegel, G.W.F. 1974b. Vorlesungen über Rechtsphilosophie 1818-1831, vol. 4, In ed. K.-H. Ilting. Stuttgart: Frommann-Holzboog.Google Scholar
  13. Hegel, G.W.F. 1975. Natural Law (1802/1803) (trans: Knox, T.M.). Introduction H.B. Acton. Pennsylvania: University of Pennsylvania Press.Google Scholar
  14. Hegel, G.W.F. 1977. Phenomenology of spirit (trans: Miller, A.V.). New York: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
  15. Hegel, G.W.F. 1978. Hegel’s philosophy of subjective spirit, vol. 3 (trans: Petry, M.J.). Dordrecht: D. Reidel.Google Scholar
  16. Hegel, G.W.F. 1982. Naturphilosophie, Berlin 1819/20. In ed. M. Gies. Napoli: Bibliopolis.Google Scholar
  17. Hegel, G.W.F. 1991. The encyclopaedia logic (trans: Geracts, T.F., Suchting, W.A., and Harris, H.S.). Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company.Google Scholar
  18. Hegel, G.W.F. 1995. Lectures on natural right and political science (trans: Wannenmann, P., Stewart, J.M., and Hodgson, P.C.). Berkeley: University of California Press.Google Scholar
  19. Hegel, G.W.F. 2000. Vorlesung über Naturphilosophie, Berlin, 1823-24. In ed. G. Marmasse. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.Google Scholar
  20. Hegel, G.W.F. 2002a. Vorlesungen über die Philosophie der Natur, Berlin 1819/20. In eds. M. Bondeli and H. N. Seelmann. Hamburg: Felix Meiner Verlag.Google Scholar
  21. Hegel, G.W.F. 2002b. Vorlesungen über die Naturphilosophie, Berlin 1821/22. In eds. G. Marmasse und Th. Posch. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.Google Scholar
  22. Levinas, Emmanuel. 1969. Totality and infinity (trans: Lingis, A.). Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press.Google Scholar
  23. Levinas, Emmanuel. 1993. Dieu, la mort et le temps, 95-97. Paris: Bernard Grasset.Google Scholar
  24. Levinas, Emmanuel. 1996. Transcendence and height. In Basic philosophical writings (eds. and trans: Paperzak, A., Critchley, S., and Bernasconi, R.). Bloomington: Indiana University Press.Google Scholar
  25. Levinas, Emmanuel. 2001. La trace de l’Autre (1963). In En découvrant l’existence avec Husserl et Heidegger. Paris: Vrin.Google Scholar
  26. Rosenzweig, Franz. 1962a. Hegel und der Staat, vol. 1. Aalen: Scientia Verlag.Google Scholar
  27. Rosenzweig, Franz. 1962b. Hegel und der Staat, vol. 2. Aalen: Scientia Verlag.Google Scholar
  28. Rosenzweig, Franz. 1999. Understanding the sick and the healthy (trans: Glatzer, N. with introduction by H. Putnam). Boston: Harvard University Press.Google Scholar
  29. Silverstein, A.M. 1989. A history of immunology. London: Academic Press.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Modern Thought, King’s CollegeUniversity of AberdeenOld AberdeenUK

Personalised recommendations