Deconstruction And Democracy / Edition 1

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Overview

‘No democracy without deconstruction': Deconstruction and Democracy evaluates and substantiates Derrida's provocative claim, assessing the importance of this influential and controversial contemporary philosopher's work for political thought. Derrida addressed political questions more and more explicitly in his writing, yet there is still confusion over the politics of deconstruction. Alex Thomson argues for a fresh understanding of Derrida's work, which acknowledges both the political dimension of deconstruction and its potential contribution to our thinking about politics. The book provides cogent analysis and exegesis of Derrida's political writings; explores the implications for political theory and practice of Derrida's work; and brings Derrida's work into dialogue with other major strands of contemporary political thought. Deconstruction and Democracy is the clearest and most detailed engagement available with the politics of deconstruction, and is a major contribution to scholarship on the later works of Jacques Derrida, most notably his Politics of Friendship.

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Meet the Author

Alex Thomson is a lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Edinburgh.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Deconstruction and democracy 9
1 No democracy without deconstruction? 12
2 Deconstruction and liberal democracy 31
3 Deconstruction and radical democracy 41
Pt. 2 Deconstruction as political practice 55
4 Deconstruction and philosophical nationalism 58
5 The politics of exemplarity : Derrida and Heidegger 74
6 Hospitality and the cosmopolitical 89
Pt. 3 Politics against ethics 101
7 Economy of violence : Derrida and Levinas 104
8 Against community 122
Pt. 4 Deconstruction and depoliticization 145
9 The spectrality of politics 148
10 Depoliticization and repoliticization 161
11 The politics of spectrality 174
12 Deconstruction and depoliticization 185
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