Laurence Simmons is Head of the Department of Film, Television and Media Studies at The University of Auckland. He is the co-editor of Derrida Downunder (2001), Baudrillard West of the Dateline (2003) and From Z to A: Zizek at the Antipodes (2005) and published a book on Freud’s papers on art and aesthetics and his relationship with Italy entitled Freud’s Italian Journey in 2006. His latest book, Tuhituhi (2011), is on the painter William Hodges who journeyed with Captain James Cook on his second voyage to the South Pacific.
- "This structure of the field, an institutionalised field enabled by its own difference, places internal constraints on the very process of discursive production."
- "Derrida reproduces Condillac’s own note against plagiarisers from the Essay on the Origin of Human Knowledge: I ought to warn that many writers have copied this Essay, for it could be thought that I myself copied them by writing on the art of thinking [Derrida adds an interesting aside here: how do you fight the form of plagiarism that looks like you are plagiarising those who have in fact plagiarised you?]."
- "As its etymology suggests, unconditional is what cannot be agreed upon, what cannot be said, what is irreducible to consensus."
- "However, deconstruction is itself ‘plagiaristic’: Derrida insists that deconstruction is not a method for repeating the propositions of an original in the voice and spirit of the original; rather, it encourages the potentialities of that supposedly first and originating text to create its own copy or double."
- "It is rather that the counter-institution of the university ‘to come’ brings into the open whatever keeps the institution from fulfilling its goals."
- "‘An event’, he says in ‘The Deconstruction of Actuality’, ‘cannot be reduced to the fact of something happening [."
- "It is what, by being impossible, rules since our otherwise supposed sovereignty (mastery, control) can never overtake unconditionality."
- "Plagiarism, then, is not something that others do to us, but something we do to ourselves."
- "The violence of the founding act, the institution of the institution, leaves a puzzling mark, as a strange feature within institutions between the desire to conserve and defend an established set-up, and an unavoidable exposure to what is unpredictable, to alterity and the event, even to the possibility of instant death precisely as a result of the institution’s own auto-immune disorder."
- "Such a relation articulates and disarticulates itself, within and against itself, at each time of use and persists in its own divisibility."