Negotiations (Cultural Memory in the Present): Interventions and Interviews, 1971-2001

Negotiations (Cultural Memory in the Present): Interventions and Interviews, 1971-2001

by Jacques Derrida
     
 

ISBN-10: 0804738920

ISBN-13: 9780804738927

Pub. Date: 02/28/2002

Publisher: Stanford University Press

This collection of essays and interviews, some previously unpublished and almost all of which appear in English for the first time, encompasses the political and ethical thinking of Jacques Derrida over thirty years. Passionate, rigorous, beautifully argued, wide-ranging, the texts shed an entirely new light on his work and will be welcomed by scholars in many

Overview

This collection of essays and interviews, some previously unpublished and almost all of which appear in English for the first time, encompasses the political and ethical thinking of Jacques Derrida over thirty years. Passionate, rigorous, beautifully argued, wide-ranging, the texts shed an entirely new light on his work and will be welcomed by scholars in many disciplines—politics, philosophy, history, cultural studies, literature, and a range of interdisciplinary programs.

Derrida's arguments vary in their responsiveness to given political questions—sometimes they are vivid polemics on behalf of a position or figure, sometimes they are reflective analyses of a philosophical problem. They are united by the recurrent question of political decision or responsibility and the insistence that the apparent simplicity or programmatic character of political decision is in fact a profound avoidance of the political. This volume testifies to the possibility and the necessity of a philosophical politics.

Negotiations assembles some of the most telling examples of the intrinsic relationship, so often affirmed by Derrida in more abstract philosophical terms, between deconstructive reading practices and what is called the "political"—more precisely, politics in an almost down-to-earth, pragmatic, and commonsense use of the word. Among the many subjects covered in the book are: the death penalty in the United States, the civil war in Algeria, globalization and cosmopolitanism, the American Declaration of Independence, Jean-Paul Sartre, the value of objectivity, politics and friendship, and the relationship between deconstruction and actuality.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804738927
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2002
Series:
Cultural Memory in the Present Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Inheriting the Future1
Part I.Negotiations
Negotiations11
Letter to Jean Genet (Fragments)41
Declarations of Independence46
What I Would Have Said ...55
Economies of the Crisis69
Events? What Events?74
"Pardon me for taking you at your word"77
The Deconstruction of Actuality85
Taking Sides for Algeria117
For Mumia Abu-Jamal125
Open Letter to Bill Clinton130
Derelictions of the Right to Justice133
Part II.Thinking at its Limits
Politics and Friendship147
The Aforementioned So-Called Human Genome199
Nietzsche and the Machine215
"Dead Man Running": Salut, Salut257
Part III.Ethics and Politics Today
Ethics and Politics Today295
On the "Priceless," or the "Going Rate" of the Transaction315
The Right to Philosophy from a Cosmopolitan Point of View329
As If It Were Possible, "Within Such Limits" ...343
Globalization, Peace, and Cosmopolitanism371
Notes387

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