On 21 April 1998,Jean-Fran~ois Lyotard succumbed to an aggressive form of
leukemia. Shortly after, at the annual meeting of the International Association
for Philosophy and Literature hosted by the University of California,
Irvine, an impromptu commemorative event was organized that included
several "witnesses," among them Dalia Judovitz, his colleague at Emory
University, who read from his then-unpublished manuscript on Augustine,
and Jacques Derrida, then in residence at Irvine. Among the several s'omber
remarks made by Derrida, two bear repeating here.