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
  • Patočka
  • Gift
  • Sacrifice
  • Phenomenology
  • Responsibility

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