International Studies in Philosophy Monograph Series


The Gift of Self

Stephen David Ross
Pages 269-292

Responsive Self

The word I means here I am, answering for everything and for everyone. (Levinas, S, 104) Responsibility carries within it, and must do so, an essential excessiveness. It regulates itself neither on the principle of reason nor on any sort of accountancy. (Derrida, EW, 272) differance, trace, iterability, ex-appropriation, and so on ... are at work everywhere, which is to say, well beyond humanity. (p. 274)