Politics of Deconstruction: A New Introduction to Jacques Derrida
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Unlike conventional introductions, Politics of Deconstruction offers a number of personal approaches to reading Derrida and invites readers to find their own. Emphasizing the relationship between philosophy and politics, it shows that, with Deconstruction, there is much more at stake than an "academic" discussion, for Derrida's work deals with all the burning political and intellectual challenges of our time. The author's own professional experience in both the United States and in Europe, which particularly inform her chapter on Derrida's reception in the United States, opens a unique perspective on a unique thinker, one that rewards specialists and newcomers alike.
to hide myself away was precisely the right one for me. Had I been more visible, no one would ever have known what I was worth, would not even have suspected it. . . . ”46 What brings Rousseau to writing, then, is his experience of speech that fails to perform what it promises. Oral communication is not how or what it should be—namely, the direct and immediate expression of interiority, the transparent outward show of what lies within. Rousseau’s writing follows upon his wish to recreate the
appropriate any heritage without remainder. Beginning with language. . . .3 “Beginning with language”—here, too, language is not a bequest among others; rather, it is what makes possible (and, at the same time, inevitable) f o u r t h a p p r o a c h acts of transmission, acts of memory and foresight. In short: language is what makes possible the simultaneity of the non-simultaneous; it is inheritance itself. Hölderlin called language “the most dangerous of goods,” given to man “that he
we mean an axiomatics linking indissociably the ontological value of present-being [on] to its situation, to the stable and presentable determination of a locality, the topos of territory, native soil, city, body in general.”46 Today, the ontopology of local communities is “outdated” because of “tele-technological dislocation,” which itself repeats an originary dislocation: All stability in a place being but a stabilization or a sedentarization, it will have to have been necessary that the local
following selected bibliography lists independent monographs and important articles as well as their English editions in chronological order. 1. Works by Jacques Derrida 1962 Edmund Husserl, L’Origine de la géométrie. Traduction et introduction par Jacques Derrida. Paris: PUF. 1964 “Violence et métaphysique: Essai sur la pensée d’Emmanuel Levinas (première partie).” Revue de Métaphysique et de Morale 3: 322–54. “Violence et métaphysique: Essai sur la pensée d’Emmanuel Levinas (deuxième partie).”
animal or plant, Dasein knows about its futurity—and that means, above all, that it also knows about its mortality. As the “utmost not-yet,”death is also something not present-at-hand; instead, it stands in the offing for Dasein, which finds its relation to death in the condition of anxiety (Befindlichkeit der Angst).16 In anxiety (before imminent death), Dasein experiences that the impossibility of its own existence represents its utmost condition of being. For Heidegger, therefore, the essence