Paper 113: This Paper’s Not for Turning: Derrida, institutions and the ethics of reversibility
Left to itself, the brain, circuiting the world,
becomes a rapid deployment force
and blasts ashore on any troubled sand.
Peter Porter, Fast Forward
When does irreversibility become an ethical issue? Who benefits from a decision from which there is no going back? How might it be possible for a ‘cut’ to be made irreversible? Why does ‘turning’ seem problematic? What are the conditions that could permit someone never to retreat? These are some of the questions on which this paper is pivoting.
This Paper’s Not for Turning: Derrida, institutions and the ethics of reversibility, Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Numbers Paper 113, Series Working Paper Series, July(2008)
This working paper was delivered at a SOCSI Social Theory Forum Seminar held in the Glamorgan Building on the 18th June 2008
Rolland Munro is Director of the Centre for Culture & Social Theory, Keele University,