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Religions 2018, 9(11), 359; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel9110359

The Seduction of the Name: Universal Marranism and the Secret of Being-in-Language

Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences, 00-330 Warsaw, Poland
Received: 27 September 2018 / Revised: 9 November 2018 / Accepted: 12 November 2018 / Published: 14 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Marrano Phenomenon. Jewish ‘Hidden Tradition’ and Modernity)
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The author combines Walter Benjamin’s speculations on language, naming, and horror with Jean Laplanche’s general theory of seduction and his notion of the enigmatic signifier in order to reconstruct what he identifies as the primal scene of initiation into language. Further, the author develops this construction by linking it to a similar structure which he extracts by means of interpretation from Jacques Derrida’s commentaries to the Biblical stories of the Tower of Babel and of the Binding of Isaac. Finally, the author shows how the primal scene thus reconstructed should be seen as the transcendental condition of being in language as described by Derrida in his seminal essay on Monolingualism of the Other and how this very condition should be understood as a universalized form of the Marrano condition. The most far-reaching conclusion of the argument is, then, that at least for Jacques Derrida, every subject of language is a Marrano. View Full-Text
Keywords: Marranism; language; deconstruction; psychoanalysis; Walter Benjamin Marranism; language; deconstruction; psychoanalysis; Walter Benjamin
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