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Derrida, Myth and the Impossibility of Philosophy : Philosophy, Aesthetics and Cultural Theory - Anais N. Spitzer

Derrida, Myth and the Impossibility of Philosophy

Philosophy, Aesthetics and Cultural Theory

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Philosophy, Aesthetics And Cultural Theory Is An Interdisciplinary Series In Continental Philosophy, Cultural Theory, And The Arts, Edited By Hugh J. Silverman, Stony Brook University, New York, USA

`[This] is a compelling study of the intimate, complex, and often unexpected aspects of the relationship between philosophy and myth ... This is an eloquent, forceful, and altogether timely contribution in a world in which new myths purport to be unquestionable, while philosophy bides its time in self-absorbed conceptual retreat. Its publication marks a new step in deconstructive thinking, after which deconstruction will never again be the same.'

`This book is a gift precisely in the Derridean sense described within it. Its gift is that it is a tour de force. The book leads its reader on a profound and clear, even if complex, exploratory voyage into and out of the maze of Jacques Derrida's web of deconstructive thought. While making this trip, the book weaves a radical argument against the notion that philosophical logic transcends mythic qualities of understanding. It shows compellingly that philosophy's knowledge of truth is inescapably embedded in myth.'

Bombarded by narratives that terrorize and repress, we may often consider myth to be constrictive dogma or, at best, something to be readily disregarded as unphilosophical and irrelevant. However, such dismissals miss a crucial aspect of myth. Harnessing the insights of Jacques Derrida's deconstruction and Mark C. Taylor's philosophical reading of complexity theory, Derrida, Myth and the Impossibility of Philosophy provocatively reframes the pivotal relation of myth to thinking and to philosophy, demonstrating that myth's inherent ambiguity engenders vital and inescapable deconstructive propensities. Exploring myth's disruptive presence, Spitzer shows that philosophy cannot separate itself from myth. Instead, myth is an inevitable condition of the possibility of philosophy.

"Anais Spitzer's Derrida, Myth and the Impossibility of Philosophy is a compelling study of the intimate, complex, and often unexpected aspects of the relationship between philosophy and myth. Philosophy considered as the pursuit of logos is shown to begin with mythos and to be embroiled with it throughout its history, down to the present moment. Despite its effort to hold myth apart and to repress its presence from conceptual frameworks, myth seen as disseminative mythos returns from within, haunting and disrupting the putative purity of philosophical discourse - converting it into what Spitzer archly calls "dis-course," a run-around rather than a straight run to logological truth. Spitzer brings out novel aspects of Derrida's deconstructive project at certain key points - a project that ends by illustrating in the case of mythos itself the very logic of the excluded other as still remaining within the text, however disguised and disfigured. She demonstrates the fertility of Mark C. Taylor's later thinking on complexity theory as an essential supplement to Derrida's work, thereby illustrating the deep affinity of these two otherwise very different thinkers. Most importantly, Spitzer gets us to rethink the very character of philosophy and myth, taken separately and together. This is an eloquent, forceful, and altogether timely contribution in a world in which new myths purport to be unquestionable, while philosophy bides its time in self-absorbed conceptual retreat." - Edward S. Casey, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, SUNY at Stony Brook, USA; author most recently of The World at a Glance

Acknowledgementsp. viii
Abbreviationsp. xi
Beginning Otherwisep. xvi
'What, after all, of the remain(s)...Æp. 1
Soliciting Philosophy's Tearsp. 24
Rend(er)ing the Pharmakon: A Wound without a Curep. 46
Secreting Myth: Thinking Sa Otherwisep. 92
Myth and the Gift, If There is Anyp. 121
Epiloguep. 150
Notesp. 151
Bibliographyp. 181
Indexp. 189
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ISBN: 9781441100207
ISBN-10: 1441100202
Series: Philosophy, Aesthetics and Cultural Theory
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 2nd June 2011
Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.7 x 14.1  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.31
Edition Number: 1