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Derrida / Edition 1

Derrida / Edition 1

by Christopher NorrisChristopher Norris


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Jacques Derrida (born 1930) is undoubtedly the single most influential figure in current Anglo-American literary theory. Yet many scholars and students, not to mention general readers, would be hard put to give an account of Derrida’s own writings. In this admirably clear and intelligent introduction, Christopher Norris demonstrates that Derrida’s texts should be understood as belonging more to philosophy than to literature. Norris explains the significance of Derrida’s writing on texts in the Western philosophical tradition, from Plato to Kant, Hegel, and Husserl, placing him squarely within that tradition. He also discusses some of the reasons for the massive institutional resistance that has so far prevented philosophers from engaging seriously with Derrida’s work. This book will be welcomed by readers in search of an introduction to Derrida’s work that neither underrates its difficulties nor invests his ideas with a kind of protective mystique.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674198241
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 04/26/1988
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents



Derrida on Plato: Writing as Poison and Cure

Versions of mimesis: Plato and Mallarme

Speech, Presence, Origins: from Hegel to Saussure

Linguistics or grammatology?

Rousseau: Writing as Necessary Evil

Myths of origin: music and speech

Psychoanalysis and the 'logic of the supplement'

Nature, culture and the politics of writing

Dreams of origin: 'The Writing Lesson'

Derrida and Kant: the Enlightenment Tradition

Philosophical scepticism: claims and counter-claims

Against pragmatism: Derrida, Rorty, Lyotard

Politics and the principle of reason

Logic and rhetoric: 'nuclear criticism'

Letters Home: Derrida, Austin and the Oxford Connection

'A Socrates who writes...'

Nietzsche, Freud, Levinas: on the Ethics of Deconstruction

Foucault, Descartes and the 'crisis of reason'

Epistemology and ethics: Husserl, Levinas




Index of Names and Topics

What People are Saying About This

David Hoy

A really fine account of Derrida's philosophical project...The prose is clear and jargon-free, unlike so many other books on Derrida...The book will be extremely useful to a wide range of readers.
David Hoy, University of California, Santa Cruz

Gregory Ulmer

Norris writes a study that is at once a general introduction and an original contribution to a debate among specialists...Norris's discussion of Derrida's political and ethical dimension, setting the record straight in the face of the most damaging case against Derrida, is perhaps the most important contribution made to the international debate surrounding poststructuralism in any of Norris's published works.
Gregory Ulmer, University of Florida

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