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System and Writing in the Philosophy of Jacques Derrida : Cambridge Studies in French - Christopher Johnson

System and Writing in the Philosophy of Jacques Derrida

Cambridge Studies in French

Paperback

Published: 14th June 1993
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This is an important new critical analysis of Derrida's theory of writing, based upon close readings of key texts ranging from his stringent critique of structuralist criticism to his sympathetic and dialogical analysis of Freud's scriptural models. It reveals a dimension of Derrida's thinking which, although consistently present in his works, has been neglected in favour of those 'deconstructionist' cliches used in much recent literary criticism. Christopher Johnson highlights the special character of Derrida's philosophy that comes from the fertilising contact that Derrida has had with contemporary natural science and with systems theory. In addition, he shows how Derrida's philosophy of system and writing rejoins an atomist and materialist tradition repressed by centuries of idealist metaphysics. This study casts new light on an exacting set of intellectual issues facing philosophy and critical theory today.

Introduction: From language to writing: the interdisciplinary matrix
The passion of inscription
Infinity, inscription, the economy
Beyond the seen of writing
The element of play
Evolution and the 'life' sciences
Conclusion: Metaphor and more than metaphor
Notes
Bibliography
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ISBN: 9780521448529
ISBN-10: 0521448522
Series: Cambridge Studies in French
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 14th June 1993
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.33