The Verge of Philosophy

Paperback | April 15, 2009

byJohn Sallis

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The Verge of Philosophy is both an exploration of the limits of philosophy and a memorial for John Sallis’s longtime friend and interlocutor Jacques Derrida. The centerpiece of the book is an extended examination of three sites in Derrida’s thought: his interpretation of Heidegger regarding the privileging of the question; his account of the Platonic figure of the good; and his interpretation of Plato’s discourse on the crucial notion of the chora, the originating space of the universe.

Sallis’s reflections are given added weight—even poignancy—by his discussion of his many public and private philosophical conversations with Derrida over the decades of their friendship. This volume thus simultaneously serves to mourn and remember a friend and to push forward the deeply searching discussions that lie at the very heart of that friendship.

“All of John Sallis’s work is essential, but [this book] in particular is remarkable. . . . Sallis shows better than anyone I have ever read what it means to practice philosophy on the verge.”—Walter Brogan, Villanova University

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The Verge of Philosophy is both an exploration of the limits of philosophy and a memorial for John Sallis’s longtime friend and interlocutor Jacques Derrida. The centerpiece of the book is an extended examination of three sites in Derrida’s thought: his interpretation of Heidegger regarding the privileging of the question; his account ...

John Sallis is the Frederick J. Adelmann Professor of Philosophy at Boston College. He is the author of many books, including, most recently, Transfigurements: On the True Sense of Art, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:168 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:April 15, 2009Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226734315

ISBN - 13:9780226734316

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Exordium
1. Plato’s Other Beginning
2. The Place of the Good
3. Last Words: Generosity and Reserve
4. The Politics of Music
5. On the Verge
Notes
Index

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"A creative, original work of philosophy. Sallis attempts to walk the verge between and among the philosophers Martin Heidegger, Jacques Derrida, and Plato. Although the text is relatively short . . . it is careful, rigorous, and dense, engaging issues that have become the hallmark of Sallis's creative contribution to philosophy. . . . For those interested in any of the philosophers addressed, this rich book . . . is a pleasure to read."