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Volume 23, Issue 2, Fall 2019

Selfhood, Embodiment, Materiality

Mauro Senatore
Pages 139-158

“Who is Nietzsche?”
Derrida, Heidegger, and the Autobiographical Question

This article focuses on the constellation of texts in which Derrida engages with the autobiographical question raised by Heidegger in his lectures on Nietzsche. It argues that Derrida takes this question (“Who is Nietzsche?”) as the point of departure not only of two di-verging approaches to the problem of the signature of the philoso-pher, but also of the two texts that he devotes to the exploration of these approaches. In these texts, distancing himself from Heidegger, Derrida interprets Nietzsche’s treatment of his proper name as a new logic of the living and a new thought of self-reference.