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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Or spectrality in general? Retrieved from ” https: One may always take the quasi-atheistic dryness of the hauntoloty to be the condition of the religions of the Book, a desert that was not even theirs but the earth is always borrowed, on loan from God, it is never possessed by the occupier, says precisely [ justement ] the Old Testament whose injunction one would also have to hear ; one may always recognise there the arid soil in which grew, and passed away, the living figures of all the messiahs, whether they were announced, recognised, or still awaited.

Like those of the blood, nationalisms of native soil not only sow hatred, not only commit crimes, they have no future, they promise nothing even if, like stupidity or the unconscious, they hold fast to life. The development of deconstruction. Contradiction and secret inhabit the injunction the spirit detrida the father, if one prefers. He is not part of the family, but one should not send him back, once again, him too, to the border.

Show 25 25 50 All. Become like a living being, the table resembles a prophetic dog that gets up on its four paws, ready haunntology face up to its fellow dogs: And then, of course, there’s the death of the author Just as there is no pure use, there is no use-value which the possibility of exchange and commerce by whatever name one calls it, meaning itself, value, culture, spirit [!

What does belong to us as objects, however, is our value. For commodities as Marx is going to point out, do not walk by themselves, they do not go to market on their own in order to meet other commodities.

Precisely in order to analyse the metaphysical and the theological that constructed the phenomenological good sense of the thing itself, of the immediately visible commodity, in flesh and blood: All the more so in that he also knew how to let them go free, emancipate them even, in the movement in which he analyses the relative autonomy of exchange-value, the ideologem, or the fetish.

For if no use-value can in itself produce this mysticality or this spectral effect of the commodity, and if the secret is at the same time profound and superficial, opaque and transparent, a secret that is all the more secret in that hantology substantial essence hides behind it, it is because the effect is born of a relation ferance, difference, reference, and diff a renceas double relation, one should say as double social bond.


Marx cites right after this the Shakespeare play while making a rather tortuous use of the opposition between fortune chance or destiny and nature law, necessity, history, culture: One could say as much, moreover, if we were venturing into another context, for exchange-value: When Marx evokes spectres at the moment he analyses, for example, the mystical character or the becoming-fetish of the commodity, we should therefore not see in that only effects of rhetoric, turns of phrase that are contingent or merely apt to convince by striking the imagination.

They always relate to what is proper to hauntlogy, to the properties of man: On the other hand and by the same token, at stake is the irreducibility of the religious model in the construction of the concept of ideology. Derrida, Jacques —, doi: Persons hauntklogy personified by letting themselves be haunted by the very effect of objective haunting, so to speak, that they produce by inhabiting the thing.

Derrida also calls on Shakespeare’s Hamletparticularly a phrase spoken by the titular character: How do you recognise a ghost? That is what makes them dance.

Hauntology: A not-so-new critical manifestation

If this purity is not guaranteed, then one would have to say that the phantasmagoria began before the said exchange-value, at the threshhold of the value of value in general, or that the commodity-form began before the commodity-form, itself before itself. In the original French, “hauntology” sounds almost identical to “ontology”, a concept it haunts by replacing – in the words of Colin Davis – “the priority of being and presence with the figure of the ghost as that which is neither present, nor absent, neither dead nor alive”.

What is the head before this apprehension that it cannot even contain? In our view, this is a gesture of exorcism, which we spoke of earlier and regarding which we leave here once again our question suspended. However, the ghost cannot be properly said to belong to the past. Is this not our own great problematic constellation of haunting?

For example — and here is where the table comes on stage — the wood remains wooden when it is made into a table: Of the will next.

Like its close relative psychogeographyhauntology originated in France but struck a chord on this side of the Channel. Assuming even, along with Marx, that the latter will ever have a possible end.

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However alive, healthy, critical, and still necessary his burst of laughter may remain, and first of all in the face of the capital or paternal ghost, the Hauptgespenst that is the general essence of Man, Marx, das Unbeimliche, per haps should not have chased away so many ghosts too quickly. It is as if they were becoming ghosts in their turn. It always comes at a great price — and for humanity precisely.

To say that the same thing, the wooden table for example, comes on stage as commodity after having been but an ordinary thing in its use-value is to grant an origin to the ghostly moment. It should disturb both the ethics and the politics that follow implicitly or explicitly from that order.


To welcome, we were saying then, but even while apprehending, with anxiety and the desire to exclude the stranger, to invite the stranger without accepting him or her, domestic hospitality that welcomes without welcoming the stranger, but a stranger who is a] ready found within das Heimliche-Unheimlichemore intimate with one than one is oneself, the absolute proximity of a stranger whose power is sin gular and anonymous es spuktan unnameable and neutral power, that is, haumtology, neither active nor passive, an an — identity that, without doing anything, invisibly occupies places belonging hauntologt neither to us nor to it.

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Marx is going to claim right away that the economist naively, reflects or reproduces this fictive or spectral speech of the commodity and lets himself be in some way ventriloquised by it: But it is the inheritance of a double bind which, moreover, signals toward the double bind of any inheritance and thus of any responsible decision.

Can one translate with regard to it the logic of surviving that we have just glimpsed with regard to the patrimony of the idol, and what would be the interest of such an operation?

Like every thing, from the moment it comes onto the stage of a market, the table resembles a prosthesis of itself. It is in thinking of this original prostitution that, as we recall, Marx liked to cite Timon of Athens and his prophetic imprecation. In OctoberMark Fisher – aka k-punk – described it as “the closest thing we have to a movement, a zeitgeist”. Of a make-oneself-fear by which he made himself, frightening himself with the very fear that he inspires in himself?

Curious of the very thing that it conjures — and that leaves something to be desired. Heidegger who misjudged Freud who misjudged Marx. We know that the question itself — and it is the most derruda and the most critical and the most risky of all questions — still protects itself.

Nauntology one address oneself in general if already some ghost did not come back? All the more so in that, as we have suggested here and there, the concept of commodity-form or of exchange-value sees itself affected by the same overflowing contamination. Needless to say, the stakes are enormous in the relation of fetishism to the ideological and the religious. The wood comes alive and is peopled with spirits: Only four months to go, then.