What difficulties are to be overcome when editing Jacques Derrida's seminars? What risks taken? The essay seeks to provide an answer to these questions, raised by the original French publication of The Beast and the Sovereign's two volumes, through a probing reflection on such topics as the archive, mourning and inheritance - as well as improvisation and the reader's instance - in keeping with the way these questions arise in Derrida's writings. Throughout forty years of teaching, he has left us a "work of thought" that the publication of his seminars is bound to shift and alter anew.
Derrida; seminars; The Beast and the Sovereign; archive; mourning; inheritance