Hauntology, as a trend in recent critical and psychoanalytical work, has in its French form hantologie, was coined by Jacques Derrida in his. Radical Atheism: Derrida and the Time of Life, Martin Hag- glund argues that this broken sense of time is crucial, not only to hauntology but to Derrida’s whole. Jacques Derrida .. That is what we would be calling here a hauntology. Ontology opposes it only in a movement of exorcism. Ontology is a conjuration.

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Pre-deconstructive here does not mean false, unnecessary, or illusory.

For example — and here is where the table comes on stage — the wood remains wooden when it is made into a table: The movement is staged there where it is a question, precisely, of forming the concept of what the stage, any derrrida, withdraws from our blind eves at the moment we open them. Now, as we know, only the reference to the religious world allows one to explain the autonomy of the ideological, and thus its proper efficacy, its incorporation in apparatuses that are endowed not only with an apparent autonomy but a sort of automaticity that not fortuitously recalls the headstrongness of the wooden table.

The ghostly schema now appears indispensable. Facing up to the others, before the others, its fellows, here then is the apparition of a strange creature: Is there derrrida, on the contrary, that is more consistent?

The commodity-form, to be sure, is not use- value, we must derrida this to Marx and take account of the analytic power this distinction gives us.

From Spectres of Marx, by Jacques Derrida

Derrida also calls on Shakespeare’s Hamletparticularly a phrase spoken by the titular character: This double socius binds on the one hand men to each other. These seismic events come from the future, they are given from out of the unstable, chaotic, and dislocated ground of the times.

One would have to put this table on the auction block, subject haintology to co-occurrence or concurrency, make it speak with so many other tables in our patrimony, so many that we have lost count of them, In philosophy, rhetoric, poetics, from Plato to Heidegger, from Kant to Ponge, and so many others.


Our hypothesis is that the same is true for Marx’s spectrology. For the reader or critic, the mystery of literature is the opacity — the irreducible remainder — at the heart of writing that derrica never be completely interpreted away. There [in the religious world] the products of the human brain [of the head, once again, of men: One would have the prospect but one would not longer wait for anything or anyone.

Derrida, Jacques (–) – Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy

These questions posed, or rather suspended, we can perhaps return to what Capital seems to want to say about the fetish, in the same passage and following the same logic. We know that the question itself — and it is the most ontological and the most critical and the most risky of all questions — still protects itself. One must constantly remember that it is even on the basis of the terrible possibility of this impossible that justice is desirable: These questions and these hypotheses do not exclude each other.

It is true that this taste is above all a taste, a foretaste, and in essence it is curious. On the other band, but how?

Derrida, Jacques (1930–2004)

That the without-ground of this impossible can nevertheless take place is on the contrary the ruin or the absolute ashes, the hakntology that must be thought, and, why not, exorcised yet again. Can one conceive an atheological heritage of the messianic? My hunch is that hauntology is already haunting itself. Without being reducible one to the other, they share a common condition. This is more or less our whole question — and our circumspection.

What surpasses the senses still passes before us in the silhouette of the sensuous body that it nevertheless lacks or that remains inaccessible to us. Hypnagogic dsrrida Chillwave Glo-fi Italian occult psychedelia.


But what would Enlightenment be without the market? Contemporary writers such as theorist Mark Fisher specifically used the concept of hauntology to describe a sense in which contemporary culture is haunted by the “lost futures” of modernity which were purportedly cancelled in postmodernity and neoliberalism.

Hauntology: A not-so-new critical manifestation

It is the moment in which Marx means to demonstrate that the mystical character owes nothing to a use-value. Such a deconstruction is not a critique of critique, according to the typical duplication of post-Kantian German ideology. The whole mystery of commodities, all the magic and necromancy that surrounds the products of labour on the basis of commodity production, vanishes therefore as soon as we come to [escape to: But of doubting its strict purity.

But also at stake, indissociably, is the differential deployment of tekkne- of techno-science or tele-technology. One must also underscore the instant immediacy with which, as Marx would like at least to believe or make us believe, mysticism, magic, and the ghost would disappear: Of these two deserts, which one, first of all, ill have signalled toward the other?

When you come to think of it, all forms of representation are ghostly. One would no longer invite, either body or soul, derriva longer receive any visits, no longer even think to see. Thus hauntology serves not only as an ethical elaboration of the concept of deconstruction, but as a political one as well.

But before we get to that, let us take a few steps backward and formulate a few questions. Hauntklogy must have recourse to theatrical language and must describe the apparition of the commodity as a stage entrance auftritt. This haunting is not an empirical hypothesis. Topics Literary criticism Books blog. Does he or does he not break with what is said about the ghost and the ideological in The German Ideology?