ON NON-NARCISSISM: An unsuspected affinity of Derrida with Laruelle

No doubt regretting his recent uncompassionate diatribes against Laruelle, Timothy Morton has managed to find a citation from Derrida, one of his philosophical educators, that has a decidedly Laruellian resonance: “There is not narcissism and non-narcissism; there are narcissisms that are more or less comprehensive, generous, open, extended. What is called non-narcissism is in general but the economy of a much more welcoming, hospitable narcissism, one that is much more open to the experience of the other as other”.

This quote nicely captures the positivity of the “non-“, not so much negating or rejecting as opening, extending, and generously accepting.

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