Heidegger: The Question Of Being And History by Jacques Derrida

Heidegger: The Question Of Being And History

byJacques DerridaTranslated byGeoffrey Bennington

Hardcover | June 16, 2016

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Few philosophers held greater fascination for Jacques Derrida than Martin Heidegger, and in this book we get an extended look at Derrida’s first real encounters with him. Delivered over nine sessions in 1964 and 1965 at the École Normale Supérieure, these lectures offer a glimpse of the young Derrida first coming to terms with the German philosopher and his magnum opus, Being and Time. They provide not only crucial insight into the gestation of some of Derrida’s primary conceptual concerns—indeed, it is here that he first uses, with some hesitation, the word “deconstruction”—but an analysis of Being and Time that is of extraordinary value to readers of Heidegger or anyone interested in modern philosophy.
Derrida performs an almost surgical reading of the notoriously difficult text, marrying pedagogical clarity with patient rigor and acting as a lucid guide through the thickets of Heidegger’s prose. At this time in intellectual history, Heidegger was still somewhat unfamiliar to French readers, and Being and Time had only been partially translated into French. Here Derrida mostly uses his own translations, giving his own reading of Heidegger that directly challenges the French existential reception initiated earlier by Sartre. He focuses especially on Heidegger’s Destruktion (which Derrida would translate both into “solicitation” and “deconstruction”) of the history of ontology, and indeed of ontology as such, concentrating on passages that call for a rethinking of the place of history in the question of being, and developing a radical account of the place of metaphoricity in Heidegger’s thinking.
This is a rare window onto Derrida’s formative years, and in it we can already see the philosopher we’ve come to recognize—one characterized by a bravura of exegesis and an inventiveness of thought that are particularly and singularly his. 

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Jacques Derrida (1930–2004) was director of studies at the école des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris, and professor of humanities at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of many books published by the University of Chicago Press, most recently The Death Penalty, Volume 1 and The Beast and the Sovereign, Volu...
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Title:Heidegger: The Question Of Being And HistoryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:June 16, 2016Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022635511X

ISBN - 13:9780226355115

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Extra Content

Table of Contents

General Introduction
Editor’s Note
Translator’s Note

Session One 16 November 1964
Session Two 30 November 1964
Session Three 17 December 1964
Session Four 11 January 1965
Session Five 25 January 1965
Session Six 8 February 1965
Session Seven 22 February 1965
Session Eight 15 March 1965
Session Nine 29 March 1965


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