Pharmakon

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August 8, 2018

Critical Commentary

Housed in a prescription pharmaceutical container, this pharmakon "spice" is comprised of both a literal key as well as nails, pointing to both the promising and poisonous faces of the pharmakon.

Derrida’s “Plato’s Pharmacy” (1972) focuses on writing as a pharmakon—both as remedy and poison to memory—and secondary to speech. The conceptual basis for Derrida’s piece, Plato’s Phaedrus involves Theuth— the Egyptian god of writing—offering King Thamus the “remedy” of writing to aid in memory. Though, Thamus declines in that writing will only provoke remembering, not memory in itself—the “poison” of Derrida’s pharmakon.

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Photo taken by Alli Morgan and Hined Rafeh

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th Street
Troy, NY
12180
United States