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Philosophy [Space] Literature

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By studying Derrida's relation to Plato rather than to Platonism or Neoplatonism on the grounds that an emphasis upon the play of discourse is a shared feature of deconstruction and Plato's actual dialogues. The essay "The Double Session" first published in the periodical Tel Quel in 1970 and re-published in the volume La Dissémination in 1972 provides an excellent basis for the deconstructive reading of the relation between Derrida and Neoplatonism which will be attempted here. The first of the two segments provides "The Double Session" with its title takes its starting-point from a strategic juxtaposition of Plato's Philebus and Mallarmé's Mimique in which second text is spatially positioned within the angle formed by first, and in which five extracts from Mallarmé's Livre are typographically displayed one below another. It deals with an ancient Greek philosopher and a nineteenth-century French poet, question of the relation between philosophy and literature arises.

Keywords: Derrida; La Dissémination; literature; Mallarmé's Livre; Mallarmé's Mimique; Philebus; philosophy; Plato; Tel Quel; The Double Session



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