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Norris organizes his book around Derrida's writings on Plato, Hegel, Saussure, Rousseau, Kant, Austin, Freud, and Foucault. He shows how Derrida reads the philosophers not as voices in historical time but as writers whose texts interact both in their own historical time and in the vertical time frame of reason and the dictionary...Norris has done what not even Derrida has been able to do very well; explain Derrida.
— Thomas D'Evelyn
Derrida should continue to be read. And whether one initially classifies Derrida's work as 'literature' or as 'philosophy' is less important than that he be appreciated as the sort of writer whose originality forces us to throw away old taxonomies and come up with new ones. Norris' thoughtful book will help people appreciate that originality.
— Richard Rorty
Derrida on Plato: Writing as Poison and Cure
Versions of mimesis: Plato and Mallarme
Speech, Presence, Origins: from Hegel to Saussure
Linguistics or grammatology?
Rousseau: Writing as Necessary Evil
Myths of origin: music and speech
Psychoanalysis and the 'logic of the supplement'
Nature, culture and the politics of writing
Dreams of origin: 'The Writing Lesson'
Derrida and Kant: the Enlightenment Tradition
Philosophical scepticism: claims and counter-claims
Against pragmatism: Derrida, Rorty, Lyotard
Politics and the principle of reason
Logic and rhetoric: 'nuclear criticism'
Letters Home: Derrida, Austin and the Oxford Connection
'A Socrates who writes...'
Nietzsche, Freud, Levinas: on the Ethics of Deconstruction
Foucault, Descartes and the 'crisis of reason'
Epistemology and ethics: Husserl, Levinas
Index of Names and Topics