Donner l'amour: Le don et le sacrifice chez Derrida et Patočka

Translated title of the contribution: Giving Love: Gift and sacrifice in Derrida and Patočka

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    In Donner la mort, Jacques Derrida conceives moral responsibility as always characterized by unsolvable aporias. His interpretation of Patočka’s Heretical Essays is meant to underscore this analysis. I would like to show, however, firstly, that Derrida’s reading of Patočka is problematic, because, in Patočka’s view responsibility does not rest on a gift of death but on a gift of love. Patočka’s conception of sacrifice is also different from Derrida’s. I try to demonstrate, secondly, how Patočka’s phenomenology provides a better understanding of gift, sacrifice and responsibility than Derrida’s approach can offer.
    Translated title of the contributionGiving Love: Gift and sacrifice in Derrida and Patočka
    Original languageFrench
    Pages (from-to)491-510
    Number of pages20
    JournalRevue Philosophique de la France et de La Etranger
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2019


    • Derrida
    • Gift
    • Patočka
    • Phenomenology
    • Responsibility
    • Sacrifice


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