Original Research - Special Collection: HTS 75th Anniversary Maake Masango Dedication

Non-philosophy and Derrida

Johann-Albrecht Meylahn
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 75, No 4 | a5665 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v75i4.5665 | © 2019 Johann-Albrecht Meylahn | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 July 2019 | Published: 12 November 2019

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Johann-Albrecht Meylahn, Department Practical Theology, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

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This study brings the thoughts of Derrida into conversation with François Laruelle’s non-philosophy or non-standard philosophy. Laruelle argued that Derrida is a philosopher of difference, thereby grouping Derrida together with Heidegger and Deleuze as philosophers of difference. The argument of this article is to explore Derrida’s work, bringing it into conversation with Laruelle’s non-philosophy and non-standard philosophy. This article is focussed specifically on Derrida’s democracy to come in line with Laruelle’s democracy of thought. The context of this discussion is the end of philosophy or the closure of philosophy, and the opening of this closure for a democracy is yet to come – or whether the ideas of the end of philosophy or the closure of philosophy (metaphysics) are philosophical materials for Laruelle’s science of philosophy or non-philosophy. Laruelle does not seek a democracy to come, but understands these different thoughts as democracy of thought: all thoughts equal and unifacially turned not towards a democracy to come, but a future.


Derrida; Laruelle; Hermeneutics; non-philosophy; philosophy


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