The Nature Of Freedom By Jacques Derrida

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In The Politics of Friendship, Jacques Derrida boldly declares: “no deconstruction without democracy, no democracy without deconstruction.” Accordingly, this democracy to come could not exist without some semblance of freedom. This deconstructive form of freedom is certainly not an individual freedom to do as one pleases, nor is it simply freedom from constraint. The freedom which constitutes deconstruction is aporetic in nature, thus making it difficult (or rather impossible) to give a straightforward definition. However, this lack of a definition for freedom is not a problem for Derrida. In fact, the undefinable nature of freedom is the condition for its existence. If a full definition of freedom were to be given, its ability to thrive would be crushed. However, this does not mean that discussions regarding the nature of freedom are without meaning. In discussing what freedom could be, what freedom could mean, one can better understand how to maximize freedom in both societies and our individual lives. To recognize the tension that lies within the word freedom is to better understand what its existence could actually entail. During an interview in 2001, Derrida stated the following regarding his suspicion towards “Freedom”: “In my opinion, the most “free” thought is one that is constantly coming to terms with the effects of the machine. That’s why I rarely use the word “freedom” in the way I know you do … I will fight for specific freedoms, but I will not calmly speak
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