DEATH AND RESPONSIBILITY
In his final interview published under the title 'Apprendre a vivre enfin' Derrida returns to the recurrent theme of his work namely responsibility, but this time also with regard to the death. Drawing critically on the works of Heidegger and Levinas, Derrida explores, in his later work 'Gift of Death', 'history of responsibility' from the Plato's interpretation of the Socrates death to the Kierkegaard's meditations on infinite responsibility in the face of God. Refusing the traits of platonism in Heidegger, which has to do with taking death upon oneself, Derrida still sees his point in that it is in the irreplacability of one's death that the call of responsibility appears. Taking into account Levinas' critique of Heidegger stance, Derrida reformulates singularity as an assymetrical relationship of a responsible 'I' to the Other. However, arguing together with Patocka, Derrida underlines that this kind of responsibility has only become possible in the Christian religion which changes the understanding of death and the call of conscience in the terms of a personal relationship to the Other, i. e. Good, and which brings a new experience of death. In the conclusion the essay offers a short introduction to Derrida's understanding of religion as a promise and of what-is-to-come yet could mean.
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