Taking into consideration the philosophical and psychoanalytic history of the term phantasm, Derrida in his late work supplies deconstruction with a novel definition of the «phantasm». Thinking the phantasm, Derrida argues, requires «a new logic» beyond logos. This paper attends especially to late use of the term phantasm in Derrida’s work – the phantasm of «living death» and the phantasm of «almightiness» – to tap into resources unexplored by the tradition and to demonstrate that the phantasm need not necessarily be attrached to sovereignty or have a negative valence.

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Bollettino Filosofico