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As soon as there is language, generality has entered the scen.
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Certain readers resented me when they could no longer recognize their territory, their institution.
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Each time this identity announces itself, someone or something cries: Look out for the trap, you're caught. Take off, get free, disengage yourself.
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Every discourse, even a poetic or oracular sentence, carries with it a system of rules for producing analogous things and thus an outline of methodology.
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Everything is arranged so that it be this way, this is what is called culture.
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I became the stage for the great argument between Nietzsche and Rousseau. I was the extra ready to take on all the roles.
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I believe it is always a writer who is accused of being someone who is engaged in an explanation with language, the economy of language.
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I do everything I think possible or acceptable to escape from this trap.
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I do not believe in pure idioms. I think there is naturally a desire, for whoever speaks or writes, to sign in an idiomatic, irreplaceable manner.
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I have always had school sickness, as others have seasickness. I cried when it was time to go back to school long after I was old enough to be ashamed of such behavior.
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I have always had trouble recognizing myself in the features of the intellectual playing his political role according to the screenplay that you are familiar with and whose heritage deserves to be questioned.
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I never give in to the temptation to be difficult just for the sake of being difficult. That would be too ridiculous.
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I wrote some bad poetry that I published in North African journals, but even as I withdrew into this reading, I also led the life of a kind of young hooligan.
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If this work seems so threatening, this is because it isn't simply eccentric or strange, but competent, rigorously argued, and carrying conviction.
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In Algeria, I had begun to get into literature and philosophy. I dreamed of writing-and already models were instructing the dream, a certain language governed it.
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In certain situations, there is a classical function and responsibility there that must not be avoided, even if it is just to appeal to good sense.
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In philosophy, you have to reckon with the implicit level of an accumulated reserve, and thus with a very great number of relays, with the shared responsibility of these relays.
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Is it so wrong to take account of a past trajectory, of a writing that has in part sealed itself, little by little?
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It often seems that I have only typical and common things to say, in which case I join my voice or my vote to that of others.
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My most resolute opponents believe that I am too visible, that I am a little too alive, that my name echoes too much in the texts which they nevertheless claim to be inaccessible.
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No one gets angry at a mathematician or a physicist whom he or she doesn't understand, or at someone who speaks a foreign language, but rather at someone who tampers with your own language.
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Perhaps it would be necessary now to try to invent places for teaching and research outside the university institutions.
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Still today, I cannot cross the threshold of a teaching institution without physical symptoms, in my chest and my stomach, of discomfort or anxiety. And yet I have never left school.
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The boarding-school experience in Paris was very hard, I didn't put up with it very well. I was sick all the time, or in any case frail, on the edge of a nervous breakdown.
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The circle of the return to birth can only remain open, but this is a chance, a sign of life, and a wound.
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The first problem of the media is posed by what does not get translated, or even published in the dominant political languages.
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These critics organize and practice in my case a sort of obsessive personality cult which philosophers should know how to question and above all, to moderate.
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These years of the Ecole Normale were an ordeal. Nothing was handed to me on the first try.
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To pretend, I actually do the thing: I have therefore only pretended to pretend.
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We are all mediators, translators.
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Whatever precautions you take so the photograph will look like this or that, there comes a moment when the photograph surprises you. It is the other's gaze that wins out and decides.
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Who ever said that one was born just once?
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Why is it the philosopher who is expected to be easier and not some scientist who is even more inaccessible?
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