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Volume 64, Issue 2, Spring 2020

Reading Derrida's Geschlect III: Responses to an Archival Discovery

Christian Sommer
Pages 441-449

Das harte Geschlecht
Derrida Reading Heidegger in Geschlecht III

This article suggests that the deconstruction of Heidegger’s reading of Hölderlin in the Letter on Humanism is a precondition for what Derrida attempts to do in his commentary of Heidegger’s reading of Trakl in Geschlecht III. This preliminary deconstruction, through a constellation of Hölderlinian motifs (“homeland”, “return home”, “Occident”, “Greece”, “Germany”), controls the topology of Geschlecht III and determines Derrida’s approach to the themes of “nationality” and “philosophical nationalism”.

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