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By Raoul Moati

Maureen Chun (Translator), Timothy Attanucci (Translator), Jean-Michel Rabaté (Foreword)

Raoul Moati intervenes within the serious debate that divided renowned philosophers within the mid-twentieth century. within the Fifties, the British thinker J. L. Austin complicated a thought of speech acts, or the "performative," that Jacques Derrida and John R. Searle interpreted in essentially other ways. Their war of words situated at the factor of intentionality, which Derrida understood phenomenologically and Searle learn pragmatically. the talk had profound implications for the advance of up to date philosophy, which, Moati argues, can revenue vastly through returning to this vintage debate.

In this ebook, Moati systematically replays the old come upon among Austin, Derrida, and Searle and the disruption that prompted the lasting holiday among Anglo-American language philosophy and continental traditions of phenomenology and its deconstruction. the main factor, Moati argues, isn't really even if "intentionality," an idea derived from Husserl's phenomenology, can or can't be associated with Austin's speech-acts as outlined in his groundbreaking the best way to Do issues with phrases, yet particularly the emphasis Searle put on the performativity and made up our minds pragmatic values of Austin's speech-acts, while Derrida insisted at the hint of writing at the back of each act of speech and the iterability of symptoms in several contexts.


In its very violence, the talk among Jacques Derrida and John Searle was once the facts of the space that keeps to split the continental speculative culture from its Anglo-Saxon analytic counterpart. Raoul Moati's booklet is far greater than a evaluate of the controversy -- he's a part of the controversy, bringing it to its philosophical end. occasionally, whereas analyzing his booklet, one has the sensation that Derrida and Searle engaged of their debate in order that Moati may write his booklet on them, within the similar method that, for Hegel, the Peloponnesian struggle used to be fought in order that Thucydides may perhaps write his vintage publication on it.

(Slavoj Žižek)

Derrida and Searle's war of words divided as soon as and for all philosophical debate and department with effects that most likely handed either masters' predictions. the truth that this debate by no means happened (considering that Searle and Derrida by no means met individually and the previous additionally refused to reprint considered one of his responses in an edited assortment) makes Moati's textual content rather precious in reconstructing the heritage of this well-known dispute.

(Santiago Zabala, ICREA examine Professor of Philosophy on the collage of Barcelona)

A very impressive reconstruction of the philosophical conflict among in demand giants of continental and American philosophies.

(Thibaut Gress, ActuPhilosophia)

There are virtually no different experiences of this controversy both in France or within the usa; not less than, there is not any different ebook that i do know approximately in this subject. The discussion among Searle and Derrida referring to Austin's idea at the 'performative' or 'speech acts' has been, because it have been, resurrected by means of Moati -- and it's attention-grabbing. by way of focusing so strictly on a constrained sequence of polemical texts, Moati does greater than supply a refined clarification of the historic divergence among Austin, Searle, and Derrida, he permits us to appreciate the very roots of an enduring false impression among Anglo-American language philosophy and continental traditions of phenomenology.

(Jean-Michel Rabaté, college of Pennsylvania, member of the yank Academy of Arts and Sciences)

Moati's paintings is a true leap forward. He is helping us make experience of the very contrast among so-called analytic and continental philosophies. the phenomenal readability of his type, the accuracy of his analyses shed a totally new mild on either authors and the character in their quarrel. He presents deep perception into Derrida's view and Searle's, addressing their universal presuppositions. the end result of such an impartial process is a very new realizing of the modern philosophical panorama. it's going to turn out precious for philosophers of language and brain, in addition to for metaphysicians, and for everybody who desires to comprehend the massive philosophical divide that has characterised the prior fifty years.

(Jocelyn Benoist, collage of Paris-I, Panthéon-Sorbonne)

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The legibility of the text is defined less by the message it was to transmit initially, and thus by the intention that drives it, than by a constitutive iterability. The difference between speech and text resides in the ever-possible liberation of the text from the horizon of communication and its intentions. The legibility of the text overflows and liberates itself from its original intended meaning. In other words, the text continues to be readable independently of the localized meaning that it assumes in a determined context of communication.

It is only from a semantic point of view that signs appear empty, absurd in the transposition from one context to another, but deconstruction shows us that the semantic dimension is not fully aware of what a sign is, or that there exists a purely graphic point of view which considers the sign as a written trace and which, because uncoupled from its original intentional impetus, is reiterated indefinitely without an identifiable beginning or end to the process. 34 To do so, Derrida is driven to adopt increasingly technical metaphors (archive, duplicator, gramophone) that realize the infrasubjective movement of the trace.

19 Drawing upon all the consequence of such a paradox, Derrida is led to wonder: “isn’t Sarl ultimately more continental and Parisian than I am? I shall try to show why. Sarl’s premises and method are derived from continental philosophy, and in one form or another they are very present in France. If I may cite myself, for the last time referring to a text other than Sec (hereafter I will restrict myself to the latter essay), this is what I wrote in ‘Avoir l’oreille de la philosophie’ [To Have the Ear of Philosophy] .

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