Derrida: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | October 1, 2011

bySimon Glendinning

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Jacques Derrida, the French philosopher, developed his critical technique known as "deconstruction". His work is associated with ideas surrounding both post-structuralism and post-modern philosophy, and he was known to have challenged some of the unquestioned assumptions of our philosophicaltradition. In this Very Short Introduction, Simon Glendinning explores both the difficulty and significance of the work of Derrida. He presents Derrida's challenging ideas as making a significant contribution to, and providing a powerful reading of, our philosophical heritage. Defending Derrida against many ofthe charges that were placed against him, he attempts to show why Derrrida's work causes such extreme reactions. Glendinning explains Derrida's distinctive mode of engagement with our philosophical tradition, and shows 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 "criticalfrenzy", but by a loving respect for philosophy.

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Jacques Derrida, the French philosopher, developed his critical technique known as "deconstruction". His work is associated with ideas surrounding both post-structuralism and post-modern philosophy, and he was known to have challenged some of the unquestioned assumptions of our philosophicaltradition. In this Very Short Introduction, S...

Simon Glendinning is a Reader in European Philosophy in the European Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is the author of On Being with Others: Heidegger-Derrida-Wittgenstein (Routledge, 1998), The Idea of Continental Philosophy (EUP, 2006) and In the Name of Phenomenology (Routledge, 2007). He is also...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:152 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.68 inPublished:October 1, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. A picture of Derrida2. Misunderestimating Derrida3. Reading the logocentric heritage4. The rehabiliation of writing5. Law and justice6. Politics and friendship7. The ends of man8. Starting overReferencesFurther ReadingIndex