"There is a secret of denial [dénégation] and a denial [dénégation] of the secret. The secret as such, as secret, separates and already institutes a negativity; it is a negation that denies itself. It de-negates itself… This denial [dénégation] does not happen [to the secret] by accident; it is essential and originary.… The enigma… is the sharing of the secret, and not only shared to my partner in the society but the secret shared within itself, its ‘own’ partition, which divides the essence of a secret that cannot even appear to one alone except in starting to be lost, to divulge itself, hence to dissimulate itself, as secret, in showing itself: dissimulating its dissimulation. There is no secret as such; I deny it. And this is what I confide in secret to whomever allies himself to me. This is the secret of the alliance."
"How can another see into me, into my most secret self, without my being able to see in there myself? And without my being able to see him in me. And if my secret self, that which can be revealed only to the other, to the wholly other, to God if you wish, is a secret that I will never reflect on, that I will never know or experience or possess as my own, then what sense is there in saying that it is my secret, or in saying more generally that a secret belongs, that it is proper to or belongs to some one, or to some other who remains someone. It’s perhaps there that we find the secret of secrecy. Namely, that it is not a matter of knowing and that it is there for no one. A secret doesn’t belong, it can never be said to be at home or in its place. The question of the self: who am I not in the sense of who am I but rather who is this I that can say who? What is the- I and what becomes of responsibility once the identity of the I trembles in secret?"
“Glas is extraordinary in many ways, most obviously in its typography. Arranged in two columns, with inserted sections within these, the book simultaneously discusses Hegel’s philosophy and Jean Genet’s fiction, and shows how two such seemingly distinct kinds of criticism can reflect and influence one another. The customary segregation of philosophy, rhetoric, psychoanalysis, linguistics, history, and poetics is systematically subverted. In design and content, the books calls into question “types” of literature (history, philosophy, literary criticism), the ownership of ideas and styles, the glorification of literary heroes, and the limits of literary representation.” - University of Nebraska Press
“A Simple Philosophy Of The Foundation Of Our Cultural Thought” and “The Third Wheel” from “‘What?’: An Exploration Of Dreams, Reality, And Numbers”, another meta philosophic dramatic sketch comedy performance by The Artists Formerly Known As The Third Friday Players (Jennifer Johnson, Lenaya Leeds, Skip Leeds, Vanessa Query, Ali Thomas, and Charlotte Walkey) on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 3 and 4 in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Written by Vanessa Query and performed by Vanessa Query, Ali Thomas, Jennifer Johnson, Lenaya Leeds, and Charlotte Walkey.
Derrida makes the distinction between the ‘who’ one loves - their singularity - and the ‘what’ - the specific qualities of the beloved; then, he states that philosophy’s most basic question - ‘What is Being?’ promotes the same sort of differential reflection: “is Being someone or something?” Fidelity, he states, is always threatened by this division - between the desire to be faithful to the other’s singularity and the qualities that may not be as one once thought …