Under the black light: Derrida, war, and human rights

Nick Mansfield*

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This essay investigates how Derrida's deconstruction of the oppositions between, on the one hand, war and peace as discussed by Levinas, and, on the other, Carl Schmitt's conception of the political in terms of the friend/enemy distinction, helps us to understand the present unstable relationship between war and human rights.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-164
Number of pages14
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • Derrida
  • war
  • human rights
  • Levinas
  • deconstruction


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