By Jesús R. Velasco and Patricia Dailey | Published on January 18, 2022
Derrida was frequently interested in marginal writing, as we can see in La grammatologie, Marges de la Philosophie, or, of course, the infinitely labyrinthine Glas. None of these interventions can be read devoid of their physical, material aspect. They are marginal writing at many different levels, and sporting a multilayered form that needs to be peeled out like an onion –or look through like a golden apple that has been recovered with silver, tremendously subtle latticework (maskiyyot), as Maimonides said when he talked about the “word fitly spoken”.
The two texts we are reading for this session, “Force of Law” and “Hospitality” will let us think not only with each of them, but also by combining them, as if becoming mutual marginal writing for one another.