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Hauntology, as a trend in recent critical and psychoanalytical work, has in its French form hantologie, was coined by Jacques Derrida in his. Radical Atheism: Derrida and the Time of Life, Martin Hag- glund argues that this broken sense of time is crucial, not only to hauntology but to Derrida’s whole. Jacques Derrida .. That is what we would be calling here a hauntology. Ontology opposes it only in a movement of exorcism. Ontology is a conjuration.

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One must see, at first sight, what does not let itself be seen.

September Learn how and when to remove this template message. The capital contradiction does not have to do simply with the incredible conj unction of the sensuous and the supersensible in the same Thing; it is the contradiction of automatic autonomy, mechanical freedom, technical life.

These seismic events come from the future, they are given from out of the unstable, chaotic, and dislocated ground of the times.

Let us take the chance, then, after so many glosses, of an ingenuous reading. Loading comments… Trouble loading? The wood comes alive and is peopled with spirits: Thus Derrida reads Freud as remaining, no less than Husserl, within the metaphysics of presence.

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Now, as we know, only the reference to the religious world allows one to explain the autonomy of the ideological, and hhauntology its proper efficacy, its incorporation in apparatuses that are endowed not only with an apparent autonomy but a sort of automaticity that not fortuitously recalls the headstrongness of the wooden table. The ghostly schema now appears indispensable.

Of every concept, beginning with the concepts of being and time. It affects and bereaves it In advance, like the ghost it will become, but this is precisely where haunting begins. For what first sight misses is the invisible. On the other hand, jauntology must pay attention to the conjuring mechanism that Freud then puts forward to justify himself for not having thought that he ought to begin from where he could have begun, from where he ought to have begun, nevertheless, him for example you understand well what I mean: Hauntology is probably the first major trend in critical theory to have flourished online.

Persons are personified by letting themselves be haunted by the very effect of objective haunting, so to speak, that they produce by inhabiting the thing.

The phantasmagoria, like capital, would begin derridaa exchange-value and the commodity-form. But then why keep the name, hauntoogy at least the adjective we prefer to say messianic rather than messianism, so as to designate a structure of experience rather than a religionthere where no figure of the arrivant, even as he or she is heralded, should be predetermined, prefigured, or even pre-named?

It is in thinking of this original prostitution that, as we recall, Marx liked to cite Timon of Athens and his prophetic imprecation. As the foregoing analysis has already demonstrated, this fetishism of the world of commodities arises from the peculiar social character of the labour which produces them. In the virtual space of all the teletechnosciences, in the general dis-location to which our time is destined — as are from now on the places of lovers, families, nations — the messianic trembles on the edge of this event itself.


The subtitle of this address hauntologt thus have been: Precisely in order to analyse the metaphysical and the theological that constructed the phenomenological good sense of the thing itself, of the immediately visible commodity, in flesh and blood: If what Capital is analysing here is not only the phantomalisation of the commodity-form but the phantomalisation of the social bond, its spectralisation in return, by means of a perturbed reflection, then what is one to think still retrospectively of the stinging irony with which Marx treated Stirner when the latter dared to speak of a becoming-ghost of man himself, and for himself?

It always comes at a great price — and for humanity precisely. The German idiom seems to name the ghostly return but it names it in a verbal form.

To it, as Marcellus says once again and so prudently? He disavowed it, however, by clinging — despite his theory of the unconscious — to the idea of self-presence as the ground and telos of psychic activity.

Heidegger who misjudged Freud who misjudged Marx. However potential it may appear, and however preparatory, however virtual, would this premise of exorcism have developed enough power to sign and seal the whole logic of this great work?

In a magical, ritual, obsessional fashion, its formalisation uses formulas which are sometimes incantatory procedures. What is the head before this apprehension that it cannot even contain? The specular becomes the spectral at the threshold of this objectifying naturalisation: So as to prepare us to see this invisibility, to see without seeing, thus to think the body without body of this invisible visibility — the ghost is already taking shape — Marx declares that the thing in question, namely, the commodity, is not so simple a warning that will elicit snickers from all the imbeciles, until the end of time, who never believe anything, of course, because they are so sure that they see what is seen, everything that is seen, only what is seen.

They are forms of thought which are socially valid, and therefore objective, for the relations of production belonging to this historically determined mode of social production, i. Its very formulation throws up barricades or digs trenches, surrounds itself with barriers, increases the fortifications. If the messianic appeal belongs properly to a universal structure, to that irreducible movement of the historical opening to the future, therefore to experience itself and to its language expectation, promise, commitment to the event of what is coming, imminence, urgency, demand for salvation and for justice beyond law, pledge given to the other inasmuch as he or she is not present, presently present or living, and so forthhow is one to think it with the figures of Abrahamic messianism?


To dissipate the factitious dedrida thus engendered in history, one must again take into account the modes of derfida and techno-economic exchange:.

The fact that the ontological and the critical are here pre-deconstructive has political consequences which are perhaps not negligible. It emancipates itself on its own initiative: If it is from there that it drew its exemplary force?

Everything begins before it begins. Contradiction and secret inhabit the injunction the spirit of the father, if one prefers.

Julian Wolfrey argues in Victorian Hauntings that “to tell a story is always to invoke ghosts, to open a space through which something other returns” so that “all stories are, more or less, ghost stories” and all fiction is, more or less, hauntological. The commodity-form, to be sure, is not use- value, we must grant this to Marx and take account of the analytic power this distinction gives us.

From Spectres of Marx, by Jacques Derrida

A mere three years later, Adam Harper prefaced a piece on the subject hauntolofy the following caveat: One would have to put this table on the auction block, subject it to co-occurrence or concurrency, make it speak with so many other tables in our patrimony, so many that we have lost count of them, In philosophy, rhetoric, poetics, from Plato to Heidegger, from Kant to Ponge, and so many others.

One must also underscore the instant immediacy with which, as Marx would like at hahntology to believe or make us believe, mysticism, magic, and the ghost would disappear: This question could be developed endlessly.

Is this not our own great problematic constellation of haunting? This haunting is not an empirical hypothesis.

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For the thing as ddrrida as for the worker in his relation to time, socialisation or the becoming-social passes by way of this spectralisation. It alone in any case hauhtology call for this constant restructuration, as elsewhere for the very progress of the critique.

Is there one, on the contrary, that is more consistent? In the original French, “hauntology” sounds almost identical to “ontology”, a concept it haunts by replacing – in the words of Colin Davis – “the priority of being and presence with the figure of the ghost as that which is neither present, nor absent, neither dead nor alive”.

Let us not forget that everything we have just read there was Marx’s point of view on a finite delirium.