Category Archives: Event

Three Motifs of Reverie

Taking time (157-163) Derrida continues his analysis of Counterfeit Money, pointing out that the narrator, at first, tries to make excusable what his friend has just confessed to him, i.e. that he gave the beggar a counterfeit coin. This search … Continue reading

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Two types of luck

Tukhhē and Automaton (133) When speaking of fortune Derrida calls upon the Aristotelian concept of tukhē over the linked concept of automaton. The former is a chance, read into the event in terms of its outcome, of its end, which … Continue reading

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The Luck of the Gift

The Unconditionality of the Gift and the Event (123) The event…the unique, the one-off, happening now and never to be repeated. Both the gift and the event must be unforeseeable and must be structured by the aleatory the “chancy,” apprehended … Continue reading

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The Narrative Structure of Counterfeit Money 2

What happens in the story happens to the narration (122) Derrida says that the effect of Counterfeit Money is that of an event that has taken place. This event is not the content of the story, that which the narrative … Continue reading

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The Narrative Structure of Counterfeit Money 1

The economic cycle of confession and unforgiveness (121) There is a structure of narrative relation between the friend and the narrator in Counterfeit Money. This is expressed in what the friend recounts to the narrator, “it was the counterfeit coin,” … Continue reading

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What is unforgiven in Counterfeit Money?

Betrayal and the Failure to Give (GT, 116-120) Baudelaire’s Counterfeit Money, overview The story is a first person account, in which the narrator and his friend encounter a beggar, to whom the friend gives a two-franc coin, before confessing, to … Continue reading

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