Displacing Dialectics: Derrida on Hegel and Marx

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In this paper I explain how Derrida developed ‘ex-appropriation’, his term for the movement of expropriation that accompanies every appropriation. More than a simple deconstruction of the appropriation/expropriation binary, Derrida wants ex-appropriation to name the interruption or displacement of any dialectic of appropriation, such as those proposed by Hegel and Marx. I aim to provide some context for Derrida’s intervention by looking at his early suggestions that différance exceeds both speculative and materialist dialectical systems. I also try to show that ex-appropriation has fruitful connections to more familiar Derridean themes, like justice and the gift.
Period31 Jan 2020
Event titleProperty and Precarity
Event typeWorkshop
Degree of RecognitionLocal


  • Derrida
  • Hegel
  • Marx
  • Deconstruction
  • Dialectics
  • Ex-appropriation