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The Concept of Pity in "Of Grammatology"

Author(s): Rūta Marija Vabalaitė
Subject(s): Philosophy
Published by: Visuomeninė organizacija »LOGOS«
Keywords: Derrida; supplement; pity; nature; mind; imagination

Summary/Abstract: It is well known that Derrida presents his ideas in the book Of Grammatology with an interpretation of a few of the earliest philosophical theories. Derrida notes that pity is one of the basic concepts of Rousseau's moral philosophy in the chapter that is devoted to the analysis of his thought. The author seeks to substantiate that Rousseau offers near interpretations of the inherent human state in his works Discourse on the Origin and Foundations of Inequality Among Man and Essay on the Origin of Languages. The analysis of the concept of pity is interesting in itself, and it lets us conceive the theoretical purpose of the concept of supplement, which is one of the key concepts in Derridian philosophy. The article starts with an exploration of the history of the meaning of pity in earliest philosophy awitht the aim of highlighting of the peculiarities its interpretation.

  • Issue Year: 2006
  • Issue No: 47
  • Page Range: 156-163
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Lithuanian