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Publisher Comments:

"The English version of Dissemination [is] an able translation by Barbara Johnson . . . . Derrida's central contention is that language is haunted by dispersal, absence, loss, the risk of unmeaning, a risk which is starkly embodied in all writing. The distinction between philosophy and literature therefore becomes of secondary importance. Philosophy vainly attempts to control the irrecoverable dissemination of its own meaning, it strives—against the grain of language—to offer a sober revelation of truth. Literature—on the other hand—flaunts its own meretriciousness, abandons itself to the Dionysiac play of language. In Dissemination—more than any previous work—Derrida joins in the revelry, weaving a complex pattern of puns, verbal echoes and allusions, intended to 'deconstruct' both the pretension of criticism to tell the truth about literature, and the pretension of philosophy to the literature of truth."—Peter Dews, New Statesman

Synopsis:

Derrida joins in the revelry, weaving a complex pattern of puns, verbal echoes and allusions, intended to 'deconstruct' both the pretension of criticism to tell the truth about literature, and the pretension of philosophy to be the literature of truth.

About the Author

Barbara Johnson is a professor of English and Comparative Literature at Harvard University.

Table of Contents

Translator's Introduction

Outwork, prefacing

Plato's Pharmacy

I.

1. Pharmacia

2. The Father of Logos

3. The Filial Inscription: Theuth, Hermes, Thoth, Nabu, Nebo

4. The Pharmakon

5. The Pharmakeus

II.

6. The Pharmakos

7. The Ingredients: Phantasms, Festivals, and Paints

8. The Heritage of the Pharmakon: Family Scene

9. Play: From the Pharmakon to the Letter and from Blindness to the Supplement

The Double Session

I

II

Dissemination

I.

1. The Trigger

2. The Apparatus or Frame

3. The Scission

4. The Double Bottom of the Plupresent

5. wriTing, encAsIng, screeNing

6. The Attending Discourse

II.

7. The Time before First

8. The Column

9. The Crossroads of the "Est"

10. Grafts, a Return to Overcasting

XI. The Supernumerary

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226143347
Translator:
Johnson, Barbara
Author:
Johnson, Barbara
Author:
Derrida, Jacques
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Modern
Subject:
Rhetoric
Subject:
Logic
Subject:
History & Surveys - Modern
Subject:
Reference-Rhetoric
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
19830231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9.01x6.07x.97 in. 1.20 lbs.

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