The Secret of Sound in Maurice Blanchot and Jacques Derrida

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This paper aims to discuss and ask questions about the role and meaning of sound and voice in the constellation of language, writing, speech and listening in philosophy. I will reflect this in the thinking of two post-war philosophers and great literary voices both sensitive to sound: Maurice Blanchot (1907–2003) and Jacques Derrida (1930–2004). I would like to introduce a sense of sound existing on the outskirts of experience in silence, folding almost as a secret, that is inspired by Alice Lagaay’s notion for the need of philosophy of voice. Especially in the landscape of (writing a) disaster interrelations between art and philosophy become the most visible addressing ways of meaning and meaning-making, experience and ontological presumptions behind any storytelling and writing. What could sound mean for philosophy?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Invisible Places: Sound, urbanism and sense of place
EditorsRaquel Castro, Miguel Carvalhais
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-989-746-129-3
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2018
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInvisible Places: Sound, Urbanism and Sense of Place - San Miguel, Azores, Ponta Delgada, Portugal
Duration: 7 Apr 20179 Apr 2017


ConferenceInvisible Places
Abbreviated titleIP 2017
CityPonta Delgada
Internet address


  • Maurice Blanchot
  • Jacques Derrida
  • sound in philosophy
  • holocaust


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