Continental Philosophy Review

, Volume 41, Issue 1, pp 73–88 | Cite as

At the same time

Continuities in Derrida’s readings of Husserl
  • Robin Durie


The essay on Husserl’s phenomenology of touch in Derrida’s recent On Touching—Jean-Luc Nancy represents his only substantial re-engagement with Husserlian phenomenology to be published following the series of texts dating from the period marked by his Mémoire of 1955 through to the essay ‘Form and Meaning’ included in Margins (1972). The essay, devoted to some key sections of Husserl’s Ideas II, appears to break new ground in Derrida’s readings of Husserl, but in fact demonstrates a profound continuity with his earlier readings. In fact, I argue that this continuity is in a part an effect of Derrida’s ongoing commitment to the ‘methodology’ of deconstruction. I show how this commitment leads Derrida to conflate three separate distinctions within Husserl’s discussion, a conflation that obliges Derrida to misread the letter of Husserl’s text, and which, in turn, blinds him to a certain radical potentiality within Husserl’s phenomenology of sensibility.


Husserl Phenomenology Derrida Deconstruction Sensibility Touch Time Body Lawlor 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PoliticsUniversity of Exeter ExeterUK

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