On Touching - Jean-Luc Nancyby Jacques Derrida, Christine Irizarry (Translator)
Derrida's substantial influence on how we see our world, our language, other writers and ourselves continues, and in this retranslation of his essay of 1992 he shows how his perceptions of the thought of Nancy could be useful to those who wish to practice Derridean-style work in the near future. Derrida begins with Nancy's work on temporal space and the psyche, working through a series of arguments entitled "Spacings, "This is My Body" and "The Untouchable, or the "Vow of Abstinence" to show the relationship between the visceral and the imagined and, by extension, the whole of philosophy itself. Invoking Levinas, Husserl, Franck, Heidegger, Diderot, Kant and a host of other theorists, Derrida articulates the work of Nancy by working around it, in essence illuminating a text about touch by touching only the places where it is not, giving a model for the next generation of critics to follow. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Jacques Derrida (1930-2004) was Director of Studies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and Professor of Humanities at the University of California, Irvine. Among the most recent of his many books to have been translated into English are Rogues (2005), Eyes of the University (2004), For What Tomorrow... with Elisabeth Roudinesco (2004), Counterpath with Catherine Malabou (2004), Negotiations (2002), Who's Afraid of Philosophy? (2002), and Without Alibi (2002). All of these have been published by the Stanford University Press.
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