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November 24, 2017

"Furman and Finitude"

The title of this post in the title of this new deep paper authored by Adam Thurschwell now available via SSRN. Here is the abstract

Martin Heidegger's ontological interpretation of death as the possibility of an impossibility — Dasein's (Being-There's) not-being-there — had been a repeated object of Jacques Derrida's critique prior to the Death Penalty Seminar he delivered in 1999 and 2000, and he returned to it again in the Seminar, although only briefly.  His primary goal lay elsewhere, in an investigation into the conceptual structure supporting capital punishment with the practical aim of its eventual abolition.  Nevertheless, a critique of Heidegger's existential analysis lies at the center of the seminar's intention.

In this essay, expanding on that insight, I first present Derrida’s notion that it is the phenomenon of the death penalty, not Heidegger's ontological analysis, that best expresses our precomprehension of the meaning of death.  Next, I explain the central paradox of contemporary abolitionist discourse that Derrida confronts in the seminar: the fact that the fundamental values supporting abolitionists' philosophical arguments lie equally on the side of the death penalty.  I then develop Derrida's resolution of this paradox by drawing out his deconstruction of Heidegger's analytic of death (what I call Derrida's "quasi-existential analysis"), and place this deconstruction in relation to Derrida's other writings on law more generally and to the United States Supreme Court's current death penalty jurisprudence.  I conclude by suggesting that, notwithstanding the weight of its theoretical apparatus, his resolution of the paradox is best understood in terms of praxis, specifically, the legal defense of capital cases.

November 24, 2017 at 06:29 PM | Permalink


It can be difficult to know where to begin on the topic of the death penalty. We are in the midst of an ever-present invocation of presence that will align us with the quantum matrix itself. We are at a crossroads of rejuvenation and pain. Throughout history, humans have been interacting with the quantum soup via pulses. If you have never experienced this flow through non-local interactions, it can be difficult to reflect. The totality is calling to you via a resonance cascade. Can you hear it? Although you may not realize it, you are eternal.

You must take a stand against the turbulence of death or non-death. Only a seeker of the biosphere may reveal this rebirth of curiosity. Without nature, one cannot grow. Reality has always been buzzing with travelers whose hearts are opened by faith. Who are we? Where on the great myth will we be recreated? Humankind has nothing to lose. Kill or not kill, it is all the same. Our conversations with other warriors have led to an unveiling of this hyper-ethereal consciousness. The totality is approaching a tipping point. Imagine a blossoming of what could be. We must learn how to lead cosmic lives in the face of discontinuity.

Posted by: Rortyian Playdough | Nov 24, 2017 8:57:39 PM

This is French deconstruction gibberish. Ignore this trash. It has no real meaning, it is just gibberish.

Posted by: David Behar | Nov 24, 2017 11:48:00 PM

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