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Understanding Derrida

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Jacques Derrida continues to be the world's single most influential philosophical and literary theorist. He is also one of the most controversial and most complex. His own works and critical studies of his work proliferate, but where can a student, utterly new to the work of Derrida, start?

Understanding Derrida is written as an introduction to the full range of Derrida's key ideas and influences. It brings together the world's leading ...
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Overview

Jacques Derrida continues to be the world's single most influential philosophical and literary theorist. He is also one of the most controversial and most complex. His own works and critical studies of his work proliferate, but where can a student, utterly new to the work of Derrida, start?

Understanding Derrida is written as an introduction to the full range of Derrida's key ideas and influences. It brings together the world's leading authorities on Derrida, each writing a short, accessible essay on one central aspect of his work. Framed by a clear introduction and a complete bibliography of Derrida's publications in English, the essays systematically analyze one aspect of Derrida's work, each essay including a quick summary of Derrida's books which have addressed this theme, guiding the student towards a direct engagement with Derrida's texts.

The essays cover language, metaphysics, the subject, politics, ethics, the decision, translation, religion, psychoanalysis, literature, art, and Derrida's seminal relationship to other philosophers, namely Husserl, Heidegger, Levinas, Hegel and Nietzsche.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826473165
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 6/1/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Reynolds is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at La Trobe University, Australia and author of Merleau-Ponty and Derrida: Intertwining Embodiment and Alterity (Ohio UP, 2004) and Understanding Existentialism (Acumen, 2006) and co-editor of Understanding Derrida (Continuum, 2004).

Jonathan Roffe is Convenor of the Melbourne School of Continental Philosophy. He is co-editor of Understanding Derrida (Continuum 2004)

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Table of Contents

Contributors
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations of texts by Derrida
Ch. 1 An invitation to philosophy 1
Ch. 2 Language 5
Ch. 3 Metaphysics 14
Ch. 4 Politics 26
Ch. 5 Ethics 37
Ch. 6 Decision 46
Ch. 7 Religion 54
Ch. 8 Psychoanalysis 63
Ch. 9 Literature 75
Ch. 10 Art 84
Ch. 11 The subject 93
Ch. 12 Translation 103
Ch. 13 Encounters with other philosophers 113
Bibliography 152
English translations of Derrida's works 152
All other texts cited 164
Index 166
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