Strength and reason

“Show—what? Well, that “the reason of the strongest is always the best.” A violently tautological proposition, then, pragmatically tautological (in La Fontaine and here too, as though this still remained, as a seminar, a fable or an affabulation) since I am here using, by force of law, taking into account my accredited position as a professor authorized to speak ex cathedra for hours, weeks, and years (accredited by a convention or by a fiction the honesty of which remains to be proved, by you or by me, and even then an always revisable and renewable consensus gives force of law to the force of law), a violently tautological proposition, then, pragmatically tautological, for if “we shall shortly show,” what are we going to show, with La Fontaine? Well, that the reason of the strongest is always the best.”

Excerpt From: Derrida, Jacques. “The Beast and the Sovereign, Volume I.” The University of Chicago Press, 2009. iBooks.
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