Activity: External talk or presentation › Oral presentation
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.