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Psychoanalysis has taught that the dead -- a dead parent, for example -- can be more alive for us, more powerful, more scary, than the living. It is the question of ghosts.

JACQUES DERRIDA, New York Times Magazine, Jan. 23, 1994

I am like a child ready for the apocalypse, I am the apocalypse itself, that is to say, the ultimate and first event of the end, the unveiling and the verdict.

JACQUES DERRIDA, The Animal That Therefore I Am

The end approaches, but the apocalypse is long lived.

JACQUES DERRIDA, attributed, Arguing the Apocalypse

Monsters cannot be announced. One cannot say: 'Here are our monsters,' without immediately turning the monsters into pets.

JACQUES DERRIDA,"Some Statements and Truisms about Neologisms, Newisms, Postisms, Parasitisms, and other small Seismisms", The States of Theory

Now I don't know what perception is and I don't believe that anything like perception exists. Perception is precisely a concept, a concept of an intuition or of a given originating from the thing itself, present itself in its meaning, independently from language from the system of reference. And I believe that perception is interdependent with the concept of origin and of center and consequently whatever strikes at the metaphysics [of presence] of which I have spoken strikes also at the very concept of perception. I don't believe that there is any perception.

JACQUES DERRIDA, "Structure, Sign, and Play in the Human Discourses", The Structuralist Controversy


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