Task for Philosophy and Mourning
Read the extract from Jacques Derrida's memorial lecture for Louis Marin, 'By Force of Mourning', and address the following two questions:
Why does Derrida claim there is "no metalanguage for the language in which a work of mourning is at work" - no discourse on the "work of mourning" - only "another experience of mourning"?
If we accept Derrida's claim, can you suggest what we might nevertheless hope to learn or gain from listening to "another experience of mourning" in the form of a eulogy or memorial lecture?
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