File spoon-archives/blanchot.archive/blanchot_1999/blanchot.9903, message 60

Subject: Re: MB: Criticism and Writing in MB
Date: Thu, 11 Mar 1999 17:59:47 +0000

Dear Leslie, 

 Instead, we
>need to find a way of thinking MB's fiction as constituting in itself a
>philosophical (and more than philosophical) act, and thinking how MB's
>critical and philosophical writings (as Derrida puts it) question
>philosophy (as well as a lot of literature) from the perspective of an
>experience that is irreducible to it (to them).  

I reckon the way you have allocated MB within a Derridian shelter makes that
philosophical act a hermeneutical exegesis and commentary. Stepping outside
philosophy is illusory. The reinscription of that perspective that is
outside philosophy is just a functional juncture for the return of the
question that works as a reasonable strategy for subverting certain
hierarchical dualisms. In my own view, this creativity is not positive.
Blanchot creates the philosophical concept within frames of paradoxes, not
to just question, but to build a counter intuitive fictions, imaginary
worlds or alternative universes in the manner of a Borges or a Le Guin.



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