Given Time


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Given Time

by Jacques Derrida (Author)
Peggy Kamuf (Translator)



ISBN: 9780226143132


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A consideration of the act of gift giving which considers how the recipient becomes indebted to the giver and enters into a circle of exchange. Derrida reads the relation of time to gift through a number of texts by Heidegger, Mauss, Benveniste, Levi-Strauss, and Baudelaire.

Is giving possible? Is it possible to give without immediately entering into a circle of exchange that turns the gift into a debt to be returned? This question leads Jacques Derrida to make out an irresolvable paradox at what seems the most fundamental level of the gift's meaning: for the gift to be received as a gift, it must not appear as such, since its mere appearance as gift puts it in the cycle of repayment and debt. Derrida reads the relation of time to gift through a number of texts: Heidegger's Time and Being, Mauss's The Gift, as well as essays by Benveniste and Levi-Strauss that assume Mauss's legacy. It is, however, a short tale by Baudelaire, "Counterfeit Money," that guides Derrida's analyses throughout. At stake in his reading of the tale, to which the second half of this book is devoted, are the conditions of gift and forgiveness as essentially bound up with the movement of dissemination, a concept that Derrida has been working out for many years. For both readers of Baudelaire and students of literary theory, this work will prove indispensable.


ISBN 226143139
ISBN13 9780226143132
Publisher University of Chicago Press
Format Hardback
Publication date 01/09/1992
Pages 182
Weight (grammes) 484
Published in United States
Height (mm) 237
Width (mm) 159