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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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In Derrida, Myth and the Impossibility of Philosophy, Anais N. Spitzer shows that philosophy cannot separate itself from myth since myth is an inevitable condition of the possibility of philosophy. 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. This study provides a nuanced account of myth in the postmodern era, not only laying out the deconstructive underpinnings of myth in philosophy and religion, but establishing the very necessity of myth in the study of ideas.

"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

Introduction; 1. 'what, after, of the remain(s)...'; 2. Soliciting Philosophy's Tears; 3. Rend(er)ing the Pharmakon: The Would Without a Cure; 4. Secreting Myth: To Think Sa Otherwise; 5. Myth and the Gift, If There is Any; Epilogue; Bibliography; Index.

ISBN: 9781441117106
ISBN-10: 1441117105
Series: Philosophy, Aesthetics and Cultural Theory
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 2nd June 2011
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1