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Derrida: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

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Jacques Derrida, the French philosopher, wrote such famed works as Writing and Difference, Speech and Phenomena, and On Grammatology, has made important contributions to both post-structuralism and post-modern philosophy, and indeed has challenged some of the unquestioned assumptions of our philosophical tradition. But he is most renowned--or condemned--for his critical technique known as "deconstruction." In this Very Short Introduction, Simon Glendinning explores both the difficulty and significance of the work of Derrida. He argues that Derrida's challenging ideas make a significant contribution to, and providing a powerful reading of, our philosophical heritage. Defending Derrida against many of the attacks from the analytical philosophical community, he attempts to show why Derrida's work causes such extreme reactions. The author explains Derrida's distinctive mode of engagement with our philosophical tradition, and contends that this is not a merely negative thing. By exploring his most famous and influential texts, Glendinning shows how and why Derrida's work of deconstruction is inspired not by a "critical frenzy," but by a loving respect for philosophy.

About the Author

Simon Glendinning is Reader in European Philosophy, European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science.

Table of Contents

1. A picture of Derrida

2. Misunderestimating Derrida

3. Reading the logocentric heritage

4. The rehabiliation of writing

5. Law and justice

6. Politics and friendship

7. The ends of man

8. Starting over

References

Further Reading

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780192803450
Author:
Glendinning, Simon
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Simon
Subject:
Philosophy | History | 20th C
Subject:
Contemporary
Subject:
Philosophy | History | 20th C & Contemporary
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Subject:
Philosophers
Publication Date:
20110931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 b/w halftones
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
4.3 x 6.7 x 0.4 in 0.3 lb

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