Writing And Difference
  • Writing And Difference
  • Writing And Difference
  • Writing And Difference
ISBN: 0415253837
EAN13: 9780415253833
Language: English
Release Date: May 18, 2001
Pages: 480
Dimensions: 1.42" H x 7.64" L x 5.04" W
Weight: 1.41 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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First published in 1967, Writing and Difference, a collection of Jacques Derrida's essays written between 1959 and 1966, has become a landmark of contemporary French thought. In it we find Derrida at work on his systematic deconstruction of Western metaphysics. The book's first half, which includes the celebrated essay on Descartes and Foucault, shows the development of Derrida's method of deconstruction. In these essays, Derrida demonstrates the traditional nature of some purportedly nontraditional currents of modern thought--one of his main targets being the way in which structuralism unwittingly repeats metaphysical concepts in its use of linguistic models.

The second half of the book contains some of Derrida's most compelling analyses of why and how metaphysical thinking must exclude writing from its conception of language, finally showing metaphysics to be constituted by this exclusion. These essays on Artaud, Freud, Bataille, Hegel, and L vi-Strauss have served as introductions to Derrida's notions of writing and diff rence--the untranslatable formulation of a nonmetaphysical concept that does not exclude writing--for almost a generation of students of literature, philosophy, and psychoanalysis.

Writing and Difference reveals the unacknowledged program that makes Read More chevron_right

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