Jacques Derrida / Edition 2

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Overview

Geoffrey Bennington sets out here to write a systematic account of the thought of Jacques Derrida. Responding to Bennington's text at every turn is Derrida's own excerpts from his life and thought that, appearing at the bottom of each page, resist circumscription. Together these texts, as a dialogue and a contest, constitute a remarkably in-depth, critical introduction to one of the leading philosophers of the twentieth century and, at the same time, demonstrate the illusions inherent in such a project. Bennington's account of Derrida, broader in scope than any previously done, leads the reader through the philosopher's familiar yet still widely misunderstood work on language and writing to the less familiar and altogether more mysterious themes of signature, sexual difference, law, and affirmation. Seeking to escape this systematic rendering - in fact, to prove it impossible - Derrida interweaves Bennington's text with surprising and disruptive "periphrases": reflections on his mother's death agony, commentaries on St. Augustine's Confessions, memories of childhood, remarks on Judaism, and references to his collaborator's efforts. This extraordinary book offers, on the one hand, a clear and compelling account of one of the most difficult and important contemporary thinkers and, on the other, one of that thinker's strangest and most unexpected texts. Far from putting an end to the need to discuss Derrida, Bennington's text might have originally intended or pretended, this dual text opens new dimensions in the philosopher's thought and work and extends its challenge.
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What People Are Saying

Richard Rorty
Bennington's account of what Derrida is up to is better in almost all respects—more intelligent, more plausible, more readable, and less pretentious—than any other I have read.
Contemporary Literature
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226042619
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1993
  • Series: Religion and Postmodernism Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jacques Derrida (1930–2004) was director of studies at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris, and professor of humanities at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of many books published by the University of Chicago Press.

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Table of Contents

"This book presupposes a contract"
Derridabase by Geoffrey Bennington
With Time
Remark
The Beginning
The Sign
Writing
Husserl
Différance
Context
Beyond
The Proper Name
Circumfession by Jacques Derrida
Time and Finitude
Metaphor
The Unconscious
The Signature
Translation
Babel
Literature
The Gift
Sexual Difference
The Mother: Chora
Femininity
Politics
The Title
The Institution
The Series: (Quasi-) Transcendental Questions
The Closure
The Jew
Striction
Being the Other
The Machine
Envoi
Acts (The Law of Genre)
Curriculum Vitae
Bibliography (including list of abbreviations of Derrida's works cited in text)
Supplemental Bibliography
Illustration Sources

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