Derrida – oikeudenmukaisuuden ajattelija

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Derrida – Scholar of Justice

For Derrida, deconstruction is justice. This confusing sentence he declares in his "Force de loi/Force of Law" -text which he delivered in 1989 at Cardozo Law School. For some this text, in which the question of law and justice became explicitly thematized, meant an ethical turn in Derrida's thinking. It is true that after that very text responsibility for an other, the singularity of an event, the coming justice, and problems related to law, democracy, sovereignty, globalisation, etc. became more significant than before. However, the ethical moment has always already been in Derrida's thinking. Justice and ethics, the art and sense of justice, directness, sincerity, are weft threads that pass through Derrida's texts. For Derrida, the passage beyond philosophy does not consist in turning the page of philosophy, but in continuing to read philosophers in a certain way. This certain way is nothing but an ethical way, an ethos of reading and writing, an ethos of undecidability and critical responsibility. For Derrida, justice, however unpresentable it may be, doesn't wait. And this demand and call of justice is what one hears in Derrida's writing which moves between perhaps, peut-être, and should/must, il faut, being the movement of infinite revolution, movement of unconditional justice. Thus, Axel Honneth was right when he argued that Derrida's voice was constitutive for the idea of justice (Gerechtigkeit). This is what Jean-Luc Nancy affirmed by saying about his friend: speaking well and speaking the good: speaking well the good.