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Jacques Derrida : Live Theory - James K. A. Smith

Jacques Derrida

Live Theory

Paperback Published: 15th September 2005
ISBN: 9780826462817
Number Of Pages: 157

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A key textbook on one of the major thinkers of our times. Jacques Derrida: Live Theory is a new introduction to the work of this most influential of contemporary philosophers. It covers Derrida's corpus in its entirety - from his earliest work in phenomenology and the philosophy of language, to his last work in ethics, politics, and religion. It investigates Derrida's contribution to, and impact upon such disciplines as philosophy, literary theory, cultural studies, aesthetics and theology. Throughout, the key concepts that underpin Derrida's thought are thoroughly examined; in particular, the notion of 'the Other' or 'alterity' is identified as embodying a fundamental continuity from Derrida's earliest to his last work. The text emphasises the importance of understanding Derrida's philosophical heritage as the key to understanding his project. Valuably, the text also considers recent engagement with Derrida in the analytic philosophical tradition and includes a new interview with Derrida himself, conducted specially for this book. Jacques Derrida: Live Theory is a key resource for anyone studying this major thinker and writer.

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'Over the coming decades [Derrida's] work will be repeatedly examined to find what in it calls forth new futures for reading, writing and thinking. James K. A. Smith's lucid and comprehensive guide to Derrida places its readers in an enviable vantage point to see those diverse futures as they begin to arrive and change our lives.' Kevin Hart, Professor and Chair of English, University of Notre Dame

Prefacep. x
Abbreviationsp. xiv
Exergue: A Work of Mourningp. xv
Introduction: Derrida's Other/An Other Derridap. 1
Demythologizing 'Derrida': On Myths and Monstersp. 1
The Cambridge Affairp. 4
The New York Review of Books Affairp. 7
Demythologizing 'Deconstruction'p. 8
The Lens of Alterity: Deconstruction and the Otherp. 13
Words and Things: Phenomenology's Otherp. 16
In the Beginning was the Wordp. 16
Writing: The Very Ideap. 18
'Away with the Body': Why Socrates Didn't Writep. 18
Husserl's Archaeology of Geometryp. 19
Deconstructing Euclidp. 23
Language, Incarnation, and Objectivityp. 23
And the Word was made Flesh: Writing and Incarnationp. 25
Talking to Oneself: The Critique of Husserlp. 27
Husserl's Theory of Signsp. 27
The Sounds of Absence: Speech and Transcendencep. 30
'Phonocentrism' and 'The Metaphysics of Presence'p. 31
Speech, Thought, and Community: The Semiotic Conditioning of Consciousnessp. 34
Writing Speech: On Language, Violence and the Other as Otherp. 38
Levi-Strauss: Structuralism as Ethnocentrismp. 40
Rousseau: The Other as Necessary Supplementp. 42
Arche-writing and Differance: Why 'There is Nothing Outside of the Text'p. 43
The Other (as) Literature: Critical Literary Theoryp. 46
Philosophy's Others: Literature, for examplep. 47
Making Room: Literature and the Future of Philosophyp. 47
The Secret Politics of Literaturep. 51
Post Cards from the Edge: A Metaphor for Metaphoricityp. 54
The Irreducibility of Metaphor: or Why Plato Never Gets out of his Truckp. 54
Post Cards: Performing the Metaphorp. 57
Reference to the Other: Interpretation, Context and Communityp. 61
Reference and the Ethics of Interpretationp. 61
Context and Community as Interpretive Guardrailsp. 62
Welcoming the Other: Ethics, Hospitality, Religionp. 65
Deconstruction as Justice: A Legal Hauntologyp. 66
Opening Borders: Asylum, Immigration and Cities of Refugep. 68
Opening Ourselves (to Offence): Forgiveness Without Conditionp. 71
Opening Europe to Its Otherp. 72
Opening the Academy: The University to Comep. 73
Religion as Hospitality: Levinas and Kierkegaard as Proto-Deconstructorsp. 75
'The relation to the other, that is to say, justice': Levinasp. 76
Every Other is Wholly Other: Kierkegaard's Abrahamp. 80
The Politics of Deconstruction: The New International and the Democracy to Comep. 84
Conjuring the Spirit of Marxp. 85
What Are We Waiting For?: The Enlightenment to Comep. 88
Derrida on Others: Others on Derridap. 92
Feeding on Others: Derrida and the History of Philosophyp. 94
Platop. 94
Nietzschep. 96
Heideggerp. 97
Freudp. 98
Other Othersp. 98
Others on Derrida: Responses to Deconstructionp. 99
American Reception: The Yale Schoolp. 99
German Reception: Habermas and Gadamerp. 99
Anglo-American Responses: Analytic Philosophyp. 102
After 'Postmodernism': Eagleton, Zizek, Badioup. 103
Authorship, Sovereignty and the Axiomatics of the Interview: Derrida 'Live'p. 104
Epiloguep. 118
After Derridap. 118
Bibliographyp. 120
Works by Jacques Derridap. 120
Select Books and Articles on Jacques Derrida in Englishp. 125
Notesp. 130
Name Indexp. 151
Subject Indexp. 154
Index of Derrida's workp. 157
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ISBN: 9780826462817
ISBN-10: 0826462812
Series: Live Theory (Paperback)
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 157
Published: 15th September 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.64 x 13.97  x 1.35
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Annotated