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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Participation, mystery, and metaxy in the texts of Plato and Derrida
by DiRuzza, Travis Michael, M.A., California Institute of Integral Studies, 2015, 245; 1600990
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis explores Derrida’s engagement with Plato, primarily in the texts “How to Avoid Speaking: Denials” and On the Name. The themes of participation and performance are focused on through an analysis of the concepts of mystery and metaxy (μεταξν). The crucial performative aspects of Plato and Derrida’s texts are often under appreciated. Neither author simply says what he means; rather their texts are meant to do something to the reader that surpasses what could be accomplished through straightforward reading comprehension. This enacted dimension of the text underscores a participatory worldview that is not just intellectually formulated, but performed by the text in a way that draws the reader into an event of participation—instead of its mere contemplation. On this basis, I propose a closer alliance between these authors’ projects than has been traditionally considered.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Goodman, Steven, Sherman, Jacob
School: California Institute of Integral Studies
Department: Philosophy and Religion with a concentration on Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Comparative literature, Philosophy
Keywords: Derrida, jacques, Metaxy, Mystery, Participation, Performativity, Plato
Publication Number: 1600990
ISBN: 978-1-339-10995-4
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