Heidegger and Derrida on Philosophy and Metaphor: Imperfect Thought

Heidegger and Derrida on Philosophy and Metaphor: Imperfect Thought

by Giuseppe Stellardi
     
 

The relationship between metaphor and philosophy is the main focus of this engrossing study by continental philosopher Giuseppe Stellardi. Three separately identifiable, but strictly interconnected, thematic directions are explored: (1) the theory of metaphor; (2) the theory of philosophical discourse; and (3) a close analysis of texts by Heidegger and Derrida

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The relationship between metaphor and philosophy is the main focus of this engrossing study by continental philosopher Giuseppe Stellardi. Three separately identifiable, but strictly interconnected, thematic directions are explored: (1) the theory of metaphor; (2) the theory of philosophical discourse; and (3) a close analysis of texts by Heidegger and Derrida for what they reveal about both metaphor and philosophical discourse. The works of these two specific philosophers are examined for a number of reasons: first, they attract questions that inevitably concern the meaning of philosophy itself; second, they make fundamental points concerning metaphor and its relationship to philosophy; third, the particular quality of their language is closely related to poetic discourse; and fourth, the relationship of their texts to metaphor give them an essential quality that can provisionally be described as "incompleteness."

Stellardi also includes a discussion of the fundamental debate on metaphor between Derrida and Ricoeur and a detailed examination of philosophy as a "mode of discourse" among (and in relation to) others. The result is an idea of philosophy as essentially imperfect and self-destructive, and yet indispensable in the economy of the modes of discourse.

Avoiding the obscurity that characterizes much philosophical writing on this complex subject, Stellardi presents a well-defined analysis in a clear and direct style.

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Continental philosopher Stellardi (Italian, Oxford U.) focuses here on the relationship between metaphor and philosophy. He explores three separately identifiable but interconnected thematic directions: the theory of metaphor, the theory of philosophical discourse, and a close analysis of texts by the other two contemporary thinkers. He concludes that philosophy is essentially imperfect and self-destructive but indispensable in the economy of the modes of discourse. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573928243
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
07/28/2000
Series:
Philosophy and Literary Theory Series
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.07(w) x 9.05(h) x 0.63(d)

Meet the Author

Giuseppe Stellardi is a Fellow and Tutor in Italian at St. Hugh's College, Oxford University, and the author of a number of publications on deconstruction and nineteenth- and twentieth-century Italian novelists.

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