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Lacoue-Labarthe, Philippe (1940–2007)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-DE014-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe is Professor of Philosophy at the universities of Strasbourg and Berkeley. At the centre of his thought is philosophy’s ostracism of literature, which in his view characterizes the foundational scene of philosophy itself. Lacoue-Labarthe demonstrates how all Western thought, including Heidegger (perhaps its most faithful deconstructor) lies within a conception of mimesis which is still metaphysical in that it remains bound to the opposition between truth and mimesis: an ‘imitation’ alters (or falsifies) its original, thus contrasting with that which is ‘true’. The non-metaphysical thought of mimesis proposed by Lacoue-Labarthe, by contrast, shows how a mimetic aspect structures the concept of truth itself, making it impossible to distinguish between truth and verisimilitude, model and copy. Thus a new area of investigation is laid open concerning fictional modes of thought: the manner in which myths and figures are produced.

Citing this article:
Scibilia, Giovanni. Lacoue-Labarthe, Philippe (1940–2007), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-DE014-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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