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Complementarity: Anti-Epistemology after Bohr and Derrida
     

Complementarity: Anti-Epistemology after Bohr and Derrida

by Arkady Plotnitsky
 

ISBN-10: 0822314371

ISBN-13: 9780822314370

Pub. Date: 02/25/1994

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Many commentators have remarked in passing on the resonance between deconstructionist theory and certain ideas of quantum physics. In this book, Arkady Plotnitsky rigorously elaborates the similarities and differences between the two by focusing on the work of Niels Bohr and Jacques Derrida. In detailed considerations of Bohr’s notion of complementarity and

Overview

Many commentators have remarked in passing on the resonance between deconstructionist theory and certain ideas of quantum physics. In this book, Arkady Plotnitsky rigorously elaborates the similarities and differences between the two by focusing on the work of Niels Bohr and Jacques Derrida. In detailed considerations of Bohr’s notion of complementarity and his debates with Einstein, and in analysis of Derrida’s work via Georges Bataille’s concept of general economy, Plotnitsky demonstrates the value of exploring these theories in relation to each other.
Bohr’s term complementarity describes a situation, unavoidable in quantum physics, in which two theories thought to be mutually exclusive are required to explain a single phenomenon. Light, for example, can only be explained as both wave and particle, but no synthesis of the two is possible. This theoretical transformation is then examined in relation to the ways that Derrida sets his work against or outside of Hegel, also resisting a similar kind of synthesis and enacting a transformation of its own.
Though concerned primarily with Bohr and Derrida, Plotnitsky also considers a wide range of anti-epistemological endeavors including the work of Nietzsche, Bataille, and the mathematician Kurt Gödel. Under the rubric of complementarity he develops a theoretical framework that raises new possiblilities for students and scholars of literary theory, philosophy, and philosophy of science.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822314370
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
02/25/1994
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.98(d)
Lexile:
1480L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments,
Introduction,
Part I: From General to Complementary Economy,
Chapter 1: General Economy 1: Bataille,
Chapter 2: General Economy 2: Derrida,
Chapter 3: From the Quantum Postulate to Anti-Epistemology to Complementarity,
Part II: Quantum Anti-Epistemology,
Chapter 4: The Age of Quantum Mechanical Reproduction,
Chapter 5: Complementarities, Correspondences, Asyntheses,
Chapter 6: Locality and Causality,
Part III: Complementarity and Deconstruction,
Chapter 7: Undecidability and Complementarity,
Chapter 8: Closures,
Chapter 9: Transformations of Closure,
Notes,
Bibliography,
Index,

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