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Exemplarity and Chosenness is a mixed learn of the philosophies of Jacques Derrida (1930-2004) and Franz Rosenzweig (1886-1929) that explores the query: How might we account for the opportunity of philosophy, of universalism in pondering, with no denying that each one pondering is usually idiomatic and specific? The booklet lines Derrida's curiosity during this subject, quite emphasizing his paintings on "philosophical nationality" and his perception that philosophy is challenged in a different manner by way of its specific "national" instantiations and that, conversely, discourses invoking a nationality contain a philosophical ambition, a declare to being "exemplary." Taking as its cue Derrida's readings of German-Jewish authors and his ongoing curiosity in questions of Jewishness, this publication pairs his philosophy with that of Franz Rosenzweig, who built a conception of Judaism for which election is key and who understood chosenness in an "exemplarist" experience as constitutive of human individuality in addition to of the Jews' position in common human heritage.

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How are comparisons possible between it and the immanent moments of the phenomenon? How then further will we come to understand perceptual beliefs, which relate to the actual Being of the perceived object and which now are "confirmed" and now [20] 15 "conflict," now get determined more precisely and now possibly are determined in a completely novel way through new perceptions which bring the object to "ever more complete" givenness and show in ever new directions "what the object is in actuality"?

That is, I cannot be satisfied with all the evidence of judgments but must bring to pure givenness the evidence-consciousness itself according to all its moments, must follow its alterations, and subject it to an analysis which will establish, purely intuitively, what actually lies there, what lies in the essence of such nexuses of lived 30 experiences. Instead of living in the evidences, I consider them and comport myself to them purely by considering and analyzing purely immanently what is given there absolutely and indubitably.

All these sciences speak: of reality, which we see, or touch, or grasp by some other sense, and to which we have psycho-physical relations by means of our Body. The scientific grasp of the world may be very far removed from that of prescientific experience, and science may indeed teach that the sense qualities have no immediate Objective reference such as natural experience attributes to them. , give to the sciences the things which they determine theoretically - merely by deviating from the ordinary modes of thought.

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