Haunting capitalism… in the spirit of Marx and Derrida
Gibson, K. (1995). Haunting capitalism… in the spirit of Marx and Derrida. Rethinking Marxism, 8(4), 25-39. doi:doi:10.1080/08935699508685465
The specter in Derrida’s Specters of Marx is a figure of mixture and contamination, of undecidability, of the impossibility of pure and definitive being. Neither living nor dead (or if dead not absent), neither fully embodied nor entirely bodiless, the specter figures in a space “between presence and non-presence” (Derrida 1994, 12). In this dimension of complication, beyond the simple opposition of real and unreal, new social and political possibilities may be enabled, since the limits of actuality can never finally be defined.