Counterpath: Traveling with Jacques Derrida

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Counterpath is a collaborative work by Catherine Malabou and Jacques Derrida that answers to the gamble inherent in the idea of “travelling with” the philosopher of deconstruction. Malabou's readerly text of quotations and commentary demonstrates how Derrida's work, while appearing to be anything but a travelogue, is nevertheless replete with references to geographical and topographical locations, and functions as a kind of counter-Odyssey through meaning, theorizing, and thematizing notions of arrival, drifting,...
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Overview

Counterpath is a collaborative work by Catherine Malabou and Jacques Derrida that answers to the gamble inherent in the idea of “travelling with” the philosopher of deconstruction. Malabou's readerly text of quotations and commentary demonstrates how Derrida's work, while appearing to be anything but a travelogue, is nevertheless replete with references to geographical and topographical locations, and functions as a kind of counter-Odyssey through meaning, theorizing, and thematizing notions of arrival, drifting, derivation, and catastrophe. In fact, by going straight to the heart of the Derridean idea of “spacing,” she finally makes it seem as though Derrida has never written about anything but travel. Malabou's text is punctuated by a series of postcards received by Derrida from destinations such as Istanbul and Porto, Laguna Beach and Athens, which are inspired by his reading of her evolving discussion. Writing in a familiar and unguarded manner, as if he were “on vacation” from his own writing, Derrida still remains totally faithful to that work and invites the reader to reflect on much of what haunts his texts as well as his daily life, questions of distance and death, the relation to the other, and exile.
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"The most important addition to Derrida's ouvre for his English readers is undoubtedly David Wills' remarkable translation of Counterpath."—The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory
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  • ISBN-13: 9780804740401
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2004
  • Series: Cultural Memory in the Present Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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Catherine Malabou is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris-Nanterre. Her other works include L'Avenir de Hegel (forthcoming) and the edited volume La Plasticité (2000). Jacques Derrida was Director of Studies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and Professor of Humanities at the University of California, Irvine. Among his many works published in English are Who's Afraid of Philosophy? Right to Philosophy 1 (Stanford, 2002), Negotiations (Stanford, 2002), and Without Alibi (Stanford, 2002).
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Foreword 39
Cerisy-la-Salle, 15 July 1997 41
Ch. 2 Foreword 47
Villefranche-sur-Mer, Meina (Lago Maggiore), 4 September 1997 54
Ch. 3 Foreword 59
Ch. 4 From one catastrophe to another (Amazon-Paris) 64
Ch. 5 Of Algeria 75
Ch. 6 The time of the world : peril and promise 93
Ch. 7 The Greek delay 103
Ch. 8 Cities 109
Ch. 9 Foreword 125
Ch. 10 "We can't bypass Freiburg" 134
Ch. 11 The Khora-nuclear catastrophe 142
Ch. 12 The postal principle 152
Ch. 13 Italy and the countertime of love 160
Ch. 14 In the field 162
Ch. 15 The Prague affair 172
Ch. 16 Correspondences 176
Ch. 17 "The Oxford scene" 184
Ch. 18 The last voyage 200
Ch. 19 The "metaphoric catastrophe" (Heliopolis) 206
Ch. 20 Deconstruction is America? 219
Ch. 21 Saint Monica 230
Ch. 22 The other heading 234
Ch. 23 Japan 241
Ch. 24 Island, promised land, desert 249
Ch. 25 Portrait of the traveler as hedgehog 261
Conclusion : a trio of ways [A trois voies] 280
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