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1. A Derrida Reader
by Peggy Kamuf
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Catlog: Book (1991-04-15)
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This is the only available collection of Jacques Derrida's contributions to philosophy, presented with a comprehensive introduction. From Speech and Phenomena to the highly influential "Signature Event Context," each excerpt includes an overview and brief summary. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars probes from concepts on high as a bird in flight looking
by far this is the most accessible introduction tothe forbidden threshold of Derrida's thought. Peggy Kamuf mounts the fairly limitless edifice of his work through seasoned selected excerpts,If you are fascinated forever by the conceptual,the literary,or analytic,the performative or philosphic focus,Derrida's work is like an alive moment that touches each in between elements of text,of ideas.All sometimes in simultanaeity or in context to each.If you come to Derrida it must from some place(time,geographic/cultural)some discipline,and sadly enough that acts to skew and blind,to opaque-ify Derrida's virtuoso,contextual,cross-referencing,overdetermined,overanalyzed modes of thought. But if you have scoured literature(Blanchot,Ponge,Jabes) not for its own sake,or thought,looked at ideas(Plato) (Heidegger) retrogressively yet with a committment to subversion(Genet) (Marx) of the Western canon,Derrida work serves these realms quite admirably.I humbly request you gander and pass time at this collection, peak between the blinds(Kamuf's metaphor)before you proceed directly to an original work. Derrida's work has that element of throwing forward a growth of petrified thought finding new conceptual life in the present, or not so distant past. So wherever you begin in Derrida it is like a timeless warp to be repeated some place,some time to come or had come,or had been,or will not ever be.

3-0 out of 5 stars good ideas, tedious excursion
It's unfortunate that Derrida has carried on the Western philosophical tradition of unnecessarily turgid, convoluted, and just plain bad writing inaugurated by the inflated Hegel and exemplified by Sartre and a host of other heady hacks. On the plus side, this is a solid collection of Derrida's most important pieces and enumerates some of his best ideas: difference, logocentrism, the trace, etc. Not for beginners, but if you're determined to read an important thinker, this may be required reading...some of it anyhow.

4-0 out of 5 stars One of the best anthologies I have read during recent years.
Peggy Kamuf offers a well organized anthology of Derrida's varied contributions. ... Read more


2. On Deconstruction: Theory and Criticism After Structuralism
by Jonathan Culler
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5-0 out of 5 stars A critical eye over Post Structuralism Criticism
As Cullers himself tells this book is a sequel of his Structuralist Poetics but with different methods and conclusions. In the 80ths write about critical theory is no longer to introduce unfamiliar questions, methods, and principles, but to intervene in a lively and confusing debate. This is the special point about this book.

The reader finds an account of what Culler considers the most vital and significant in recent theoretical writing and undertake an exposition of issues often seem poorly undertood. For it brings up debate, On deconstruction is provocative and demands some effort from the reader. It is certainly not a book for begginners... The theory and criticism of recent years is discussed focusing on deconstruction as the principal source of energy and innovation. He offers a detailed exposition of its ideas and methods, defining its relation to other strands of contemporary criticism, and assessing its implications for literary studies.

With emphasis on readers and reding, Culler considers deconstruction, in terms of the questions raised by psychoanalytic, feminist, and reader-response criticism. He then turns to a systematic analysis of deconstruction, drawing together the disparate and difficult writings of Jacques Derrida and the working out the implications of his approach for the concepts and methods that literary critics have relied on.

Surveying the variations and achievements of American deconstructive criticism, the author clarifies the procedures and assumptions of several interpretative essays, giving special attention to the work of Paul de Man. Not an easy book but surely a good deal for those who search for a better understanding of the post structuralist critics point of view and methods. Give a try!

5-0 out of 5 stars The best introduction to post-structural theory ever.
On Deconstruction delivers lucid explanations of some of the most difficult ideas in post-structural theory. Culler manages to explain the ideas without diluting them, which is no mean feat. Culler reads like an excellent teacher who whets the appetite for further reading. Read this book before you read anything by Jacques Derrida. It may change your whole experience. This book is also helpful as an introduction to a cross section of literary trends including feminist criticism and reader response. I have owned this book for several years and find myself returning to it again and again.

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't listen to the Derrida snobs!!!
This book is fantastic; if you want to learn about post-structuralist thought - and how to apply it - then this is worth your time and money.

To refute the other reviewer below

#1) The fact that this represents Culler's opinions of twenty years ago is a neutral fact. Most theory that's considered part of the canon is pretty old, in fact. And if you think that deconstruction has changed that much since '67, well, then you're just wrong. Even if it had, then I would still argue over the pedagogical value of these essays. Fish, in the forward to his "Is There a Text in This Class?", openly says that he no longer holds many of the beliefs that are contained in the book - but does that mean it isn't still a classic? No. When did you think that Grammatology was published? Is it now somehow irrelevant? No.

#2) Derrida doesn't own deconstruction. A book about deconstruction isn't always about Derrida. Sorry, kiddo.

#3) As it stands, post-strucuralist theory is difficult; in any difficult subject it pays to be familiar with its main tenets before heading into deeper waters. Having said that, Derrida isn't necessarily deeper, but his translations tend to be crap. Hence, a good overview can be a good thing. But, as I said before, Derrida doesn't equate with Deconstruction. Anyone who says otherwise is either a charlatan trying to give you a hard time or is just plain misinformed.

I have had to read upwards upwards of twenty full texts on this stuff (not to mention various journals, course packs, etc) and this is by far the best - in my mind's eye. And that's all that I can really say. You already know if you need it or not - but don't let that dimwit below (or his auto mechaninc) influence you to do the otherwise.

1-0 out of 5 stars Odd response
I believe that Culler seems to have missed the point here. Clearly, the first Seattle reviewer was referring to Culler's most recent book, from 2003, titled "Deconstruction: Critical Concepts in Literary and Cultural Studies," which he edited.

1-0 out of 5 stars Correction, for Jonathan Culler
I fail to see how your remark is a correction of the previous reviewer. ... Read more


3. Power: Essential Works of Foucault, 1954-1984, Volume III
by Michel Foucault, Paul Rabinow
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The final volume in the definitive collection of Foucault's articles, interviews, and seminars. Power, the third and final volume of The New Press's Essential Works of Foucault series, draws together Foucault's contributions to what he saw as the still-underdeveloped practice of political analysis. It covers the domains Foucault helped to make part of the core agenda of Western political culture—medicine, psychiatry, the penal system, sexuality—illuminating and expanding on the themes of The Birth of the Clinic, Discipline and Punish, and the first volume of The History of Sexuality. Power includes previously unpublished lectures, later writings highlighting Foucault's revolutionary analysis of the politics of personal conduct and freedom, interviews, and letters that illuminate Foucault's own political activism. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Not Just for Foucault Fanatics
This collection of Foucault's essays, lectures, interviews, and editorials, offers even the casual reader of Foucault welcome insights into his methods, his intellectual biography and the development of his own methods. Most valuable perhaps are interviews collected from various magazines where he is challenged by his interviewers to respond to their criticisms and the criticisms of others. In one, for instance, Foucault tries hard to correct those who read his works as a totalizing critique of capitalism, or the current penal system, or the mental institution. He insists that his works are only intended to be seen as the history of various specific institutions and that those critics and followers who are tempted to project his findings onto current practices distort his intent. Whether or not you believe him, his defense of his method and his avowed intent are compelling. In another, he also quickly and cogently characterizes his two main intellectual influences, Hegelism and phenomenology, explains why he rejected these particular philosophical trends, but how they nevertheless challenged him to arrive at his own agenda and the course of his studies. Throughout Foucault is ruthlessly honest about his own failings -- for instance his lack of knowledge about the Frankfurt School, and thoughtful -- his appraisal of the problems that inhere in national healthcare programs, which he generally supports but with interesting qualifications. The editorials, while they address issues that may seem remote or dated, demonstrate that he was actively engaged in the politics of his time, and show how he applies his analytical methods to current events. Some selections will be of interest only to the Foucault fanatic or to his biographers, which is the reason for the four star, instead of the five-star, rating. Highly recommended. ... Read more


4. Deconstruction: Theory and Practice (New Accents)
by Christopher Norris
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In this third, revised edition, Norris builds upon his 1991 afterword with an entirely new postscript, reflecting upon recent critical debate. The postscript includes an extensive list of recommended reading, complementing what was already one of the most useful bibliographies available. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Summary
While you won't fully understand what is going on in deconstructionism after reading this book, you'll probably be closer than most. Deconstructionism is probably the most misunderstood "thing" around. Norris provides an incredibly fair and balanced presentation of the basic issues and main misreadings of the people involved. If you want a basic overview of what is going on that doesn't attempt to reduce everything to pragmatism or relativism, then this is the place to start. This was the first book that made me go, "ah, I at least understand what the problems are."

My only complaint is that I wish Norris spent more time on Heidegger and the roots of deconstructionism. However given how complex Heidegger is, this is understandable. After reading Norris I'd suggest going back to something like _Between the Blinds: A Derrida Reader_. He'll make a whole lot more sense after reading Norris. ... Read more


5. Melancholy Dialectics: Walter Benjamin and the Play of Mourning (Critical Perspectives on Modern Culture)
by Max Pensky
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"Pensky's study provides a compelling argument for locating melancholia at the center of Benjamin's thought. Because of its provocative nature, it promises to spark the interest of Benjamin critics, scholars, and students in this otherwise neglected aspect of his work."-German Quarterly

"Pensky shows Benjamin's ideas of a new criticism of nature and culture to be based on his schema of mourning and melancholy; as well Pensky explains the concepts of subjectivity, allegory, and the dialectical image in Benjamin's work. . . . A difficult subject, well handled."-Library Journal

"A comprehensive view of Benjamin's achievement, focusing on the central ideas of mourning and melancholia, developed in Benjamin's early work, Origin of German Tragic Drama (1928). Pensky sees the contradictions in Benjamin's thought as part of the 'melancholy way of seeing. Between melancholy subject and melancholy objects, this way of seeing subsists in the dialectical interval between these two constituted moments.' All of Benjamin's modes, especially allegory, and all of his literary/philosophical works are here viewed as part of the melancholic dialectic. Pensky has clearly mastered all the available material on Benjamin, as well as the relevant cultural criticism."-Choice

"A work of original insight, conceptual subtlety, and intellectual excitement. This will become an important work within the burgeoning field of Benjamin studies."-David Bathrick, Cornell University ... Read more


6. A Buddhist's Shakespeare: Affirming Self-Deconstructions
by James Howe
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7. White by Definition: Social Classification in Creole Louisiana
by Virginia Dominguez
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good information, but would like to see material updated.
This book really broke down the racial dilemna in Louisiana which probably more than in any other state of the union confronts the race question. Who and what you are seems to pervade this state of mixed- race people. It would seem you have to prove you are white by genealogy, no less. However the statistics were taken from the 1970s and some from early 1980s and the book needs to be update to the present. I would like to know how the Black Creoles, colored Creoles, Creoles of Color, whatever they are called, they see themselves. There is such a range of attitudes among Creoles of Color, it would take up too much space to explain. I want to hear more about the "White Creoles". Are they still around almost twenty years after the research for this book was done. Maybe Ms. Dominguez or someone will update this. ... Read more


8. Skeptic Disposition: Deconstruction, Ideology, and Other Matters (Princeton Essays in Literature)
by Eugene Goodheart
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Eugene Goodheart examines the skeptic disposition that has informed advanced literary discourse over the past generation, arguing that the targets of deconstructive suspicion are fundamental humanistic values. "[This book] is a fair-minded, generous critique of the deconstructionist theories of Jacques Derrida, Paul de Man, and their followers. These writers have argued that language is so inherently slippery it can never express a speaker's intended meaning. The critic's role, in their view, is to explore the contradictions, subtexts, and metaphorical byways of works that may be most radically deceptive when they appear simple. Critics have castigated this language-centered skepticism as a form of nihilism geared to multiply numbingly similar readings of already familiar texts. Mr. Goodheart's objection is more subtle. He suggests that the philosophical orientation of deconstructive critics leads them to overemphasize the tricky propositional sense of words at the expense of the broader impact of literature--its power to wound, thrill, or transform us."--Morris Dickstein, The New York Times Book Review ... Read more


9. Signs of the Times: Deconstruction and the Fall of Paul De Man
by David Lehman
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5-0 out of 5 stars Insights into the world of academia
This is the story of an intellectual movement built on a foundation of sand. Deconstructionism is yet another literary movement that accompanied the rise of feminist, ethnic, Marxist and liberation literature, movements that swept the academic world. It is dangerous in its implications and startling in its conclusions. Its founder, Paul de Man, taught literature at Yale.

He hid a dirty secret for forty years: He assisted the Nazis in their occupation of France. In deconstructionist fashion, the response to this news was that the Jews themselves were to blame and he was the victim. Deconstructionists claim that the subject cannot be defined - it is a theory or method or even structure. But among gthe disturbing elements are: History is bunk (so we can't believe or learn anything), words control us (not the other way around), the critic is of more importance than the subject, absence is presence and most importantly, language, not knowledge, is true power.

The term itself derives from a call for the destruction of ontolgy, the study of the nature of being. A close look at the advocates of deconstructionism reveals a fascist undertone throughout. Not only was de Man a one-time supporter but so was Vladimir Sokolov (Yale), Heidegger (Germany), Blanchot (France) and Man's number one disciple, Jacque Derrida, the Algerian Frenchman. Derrida has defended de Man (as well as the others) arguing, in deconstructionist terms, that everything is theory yet nothing can be defined - even terms like good and bad. The fact that this group identified with the far Left is indicative of the totalitarian nature of both movements.

The description of the politicalization of academia should be required reading for every tax payer or parent of a prospective college student. This is an important, well-written brilliant study of a tragic event in our nation's history. It should serve as a warning.

3-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating but . . .
The most fascinating part of the De Man saga is the fact that he lived a lie for roughly forty years, like some sort of film noir of a lie lived in plain sight. Everything he wrote after the war can only be seen in the light of the fact, not only that he was a collaborator, but that he must have known that his past would eventually turn up, and that everything he wrote about guilt and truth and language would eventually be read in that light. His nihilism was in a sense one long exculpation. And why was he never fingered during his life? Was there no other Belgian refugee who said, "Wait a minute, I remember this guy from Le soir vole!" How could a highly visible collaborator survive a very public career in the US without even changing his name? The only way to explain it is by saying that he was Belgian and wrote in Flemish, but even that doesn't explain it. And if he was such a cad, how come none of his Belgian friends--or even his wife, who he deserted--ratted him out? Strangely, Lehman never even mentions that, as if the question never occurs to him. De Man's writing is magisterial and affectless, and it is not hard to understand why his students admired him so greatly. His story reminds me a great deal of that of Leo Strauss, another refugee who came to the US (under very different circumstances) and also founded a sect on the basis of a method of reading, deconstruction in the one case and esotericism in the other.

4-0 out of 5 stars clear, comprehensive, & mostly convincing--unlike De Man
Why is this book out of print? It should be taught in universities as a classic work on 20th century literary criticism and "theory". Its take on the posthumous Paul De Man scandal is clear, comprehensive, and mostly convincing. De Man, a dead deconstrutionist, was revealed to have been a cad in his public and private lives. Lehman demonstrates how the equivoque and equivoation that are central to deconstrutionism allowed De Man to rationalize his past as a Nazi collaborator, as a liar to USA immigration and to influential American intellectuals in the 1950s, and as a shuffler off of responsibilities to his first wife and family, all as mere textual details that didn't need addressing in his later career as a very respected American literary critic and academic. I disliked De Man's mandarin literary criticism even before I knew he was involved in deconstructionism--I thought his insistence on universal textual equivocation, universal lack of definitive textual commitment, and universal textual self-referentiality was part of the conservative, literature-has-no-social-bearing school of literary criticism which dominated the academy in the 1950s, and remained vital though not unchallenged there in the 1960s and early 70s. I dock Lehman's book one star for his too indiscriminately lumping De Man and deconstrutionism with other, more socially involved movements in academic thought that Lehmann also happens to dislike. ... Read more


10. Acts of Literature
by Jacques Derrida, Derek Attridge
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Acts of Literature, compiled in close association with Jacques Derrida, brings together for the first time a number of Derrida's writings on literary texts. The essays discuss literary figures such as Rousseau, Mallarmé, Joyce, Shakespeare, and Kafka, and comprise pieces spanning Derrida's career. The collection now includes a substantial interview with him on questions of literature, deconstruction, politics, feminism and history, and Derek Attridge provides an introductory essay on deconstruction and the question of literature, with suggestions for further reading. These essays examine the place and operation of literature in Western culture, and are highly original responses to individual literary texts. They highlight Derrida's interest in literature as a significant cultural institution and as a peculiarly challenging form of writing, with inescapable consequences for our thinking about philosophy, politics and ethics. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A challenge to read
I'm used to reading philosophy, but I might be too dark and dour to comment on this kind of book. Given an ambiguous situation, I have major problems seeing how it might have anything to do with me. Even if comedy was an art form, I might not be funny, or even meaningful, or in any way like this book. Considering the impossible situations that I have imagined myself in, as in: If Nam was a joke, I was the straight man; this book seems to be another instance in which the main routine is like a popular, major comedy, which you don't see me laughing at. How could I be sure that there is something here as funny as a video of the routine, "Who's on first?" I still only see the questions, and the fact that Who's wife sometimes comes down and picks up his check for him doesn't make it any clearer to me.

This is not the first book by or about Jacques Derrida that I have tried to read. An interview, "This Strange Institution Called Literature" (pp. 33-75) establishes that it is possible for the editor, Derek Attridge, and J.D. to talk to each other about literature and philosophy, though few people might be aware of what J.D. means by "Anamnesis would be risky here, because I'd like to escape my own stereotypes." (p. 34). Forgetting about Nam (Nam amnesia?) might be risky for me, because I have so many things that I always consider Namlike in their stupidity to remind me, but J.D. was actually saying that recollecting his past would be risky. Anyone who thinks ought to be able to escape his prior conditions or convictions, and it's much easier if no one remembers what they are.

There are only a few mentions of Nietzsche in this book, and the index says they are on pages 9, 26n, 34, 37, 39, 81, 287, 293, 326n, but I say they are on pp. 9, 26n, 35, 37, etc. and also in the title of the essay, "Rhetoric of Persuasion (Nietzsche)" by Paul de Man, and its conclusion: "This by no means resolves the problem of the relationship between literature and philosophy in Nietzsche, but it at least establishes a somewhat more reliable point of `reference' from which to ask the question." (p. 327).

There is a chapter of this book on "Before the Law" by Kafka. In addition to thoroughly explaining everything in that short work, there are a number of suggestions, like "Under these conditions literature can play the law, repeating it while diverting or circumventing it." (p. 216). Those who are not familiar with Kafka might underestimate how much this book attempts to make the law seem less practical than Chapter 9 of THE TRIAL. "This entire chapter is a prodigious scene of Talmudic exegesis, concerning `Before the Law,' between the priest and K. It would take hours to study the grain of it, its ins and outs." (p. 217). Then J.D. offers an explanation, but then starts talking about Prague and "my officially appointed lawyer told me: . . . `Don't take this too tragically, live it as a literary experience.' And when I said that I had never seen the drugs that were supposed to have been discovered in my suitcase before the customs officers themselves saw them, the prosecutor replied: `That's what all drug traffickers say.'" (p. 218). The priest is called, "a kind of Saint Paul, the Paul of the Epistle to the Romans who speaks according to the law, of the law and against the law." (p. 219). Closer to the end, "'You are the prison chaplain,' said K." (p. 220).

Chapter 10, "From Shibboleth for Paul Celan" (pp. 370-413) is dated Seattle, 1984. Much of the discussion is of the German words used in Celan's poems. My favorite first line is of the poem, IN EINS, "Dreizehnter Feber. Im Herzmund" which is translated: "In One, Thirteenth of February. In the heart's mouth" (p. 397). It appears again on page 399, with the second line, and a discussion of "Shibboleth, this word I have called Hebrew, is found, as you know, in a whole family of languages: Phoenician, Judaeo-Aramaic, Syriac. It is traversed by a multiplicity of meanings: river, stream, ear of grain, olive-twig. But beyond these meanings, it acquired the value of a password." ... Read more


11. Paul de Man
by Martin McQuillan
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Paul de Man is to many a driving force behind the critical movement of deconstruction. To others, he is a scandalous figure, due to the recent exposure of his involvement with the collaborationist press in Second World War Belgium. Whatever the truth about de Man, his work is essential reading.This guide offers a way in to the full range of his work, from the critical essays to the wartime journalism.Martin McQuillan explores and contextualises such crucial ideas as:

* literary language and critical misreading
* deconstruction and the impossible
* autobiography and disfiguration
* aesthetic ideology.

For those seeking a wide-ranging, non-partisan introduction to Paul de Man, this is the book to choose. ... Read more


12. T. S. Eliot, Wallace Stevens and the Discourses of Difference
by Michael Beehler
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13. Copying Machines: Taking Notes for the Automaton
by Catherine Liu
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Literary Theory/Cultural Studies

Explores literary theory's fear of and fascination with the mechanical.

Anxieties about fixing the absolute difference between the human being and the mechanical replica of the human being, the automaton, are as old as the first appearance of the machine itself. Exploring these anxieties and the efforts they prompted, this book opens a window on one of the most significant, if subtle, ideological battles waged on behalf of the human against the machine since the Enlightenment-one that continues in the wake of technological and conceptual progress today.

A sustained examination of the automaton as early modern machine and as a curious ancestor of the twentieth-century robot, Copying Machines offers extended readings of mechanistic images in the eighteenth century through the prism of twentieth-century commentary. In readings of texts by Lafayette, Molire, Laclos, and La Bruyre-and in a chapter on the eighteenth-century inventor of automatons, Jacques Vaucanson-Catherine Liu provides a fascinating account of ways in which figures of the automaton and of the preindustrial machine haunt the imagination of ancien rgime France and structure key moments of the canonical literature and criticism of the period.

Catherine Liu is assistant professor in the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature and in the Department of French and Italian at the University of Minnesota.

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14. Deconstruction and Philosophy : The Texts of Jacques Derrida
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This volume represents the first sustained effort to relate Derrida's work to the Western philosophical tradition from Plato to Heidegger. Bringing together twelve essays by twelve leading Derridean philosophers and an important paper by Derrida previously unpublished in English, the collection retrieves the significance of deconstruction for philosophy.

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15. Fables of Responsibility: Aberrations and Predicaments in Ethics and Politics (Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics (Paperback))
by Thomas Keenan
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Asin: 0804728275
Catlog: Book (1997-10-01)
Publisher: Stanford University Press
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16. Literary Criticism and the Gospels: The Theoretical Challenge
by Stephen D. Moore
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Catlog: Book (1992-02-01)
Publisher: Yale Univ Pr
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17. The Trespass of the Sign : Deconstruction, Theology and Philosophy
by Kevin Hart
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Asin: 0521423821
Catlog: Book (1991-08-30)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Jacques Derrida's theory of deconstruction has commonly been pictured as a direct attack against philosophy and as a celebration of God's death. Yet almost as frequently, it has been criticised as a displaced negative theology, a quest for deep truth beyond all the categories of being and non-being. In this book, Kevin Hart argues that neither view is correct. Deconstruction, in Dr Hart's analysis, seeks a vantage point from which metaphysics is seen to be structured by alterity rather than identity. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Challenging Assumptions about Deconstruction
Deconstruction and negative theology are not regularly considered together. However, Hart suggests this has more to do with the assumptions of readers of deconstruction - particularly readers of Derrida. He argues that, by the nature of deconstruction itself, it must be open to alternative readings.He goes on to demonstrate once again that philosophy and theology are not necessarily inconsistent. Hart's basic argument is that negative theology is in fact a form of deconstruction. His text is a challenging read and a refreshing "deconstruction" of a number of other readings of deconstruction. ... Read more


18. Counterpath
by Jacques Derrida, Catherine Malabou, David Wills
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Catlog: Book (2004-06-01)
Publisher: Stanford University Press
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19. Typography: Mimesis, Philosophy, Politics (Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics (Paperback))
by Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, Christopher Fynsk
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Asin: 0804732825
Catlog: Book (1998-12-01)
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20. The Pursuit of Signs: Semiotics, Literature, Deconstruction
by Jonathan D. Culler, Johnathan Culler
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Catlog: Book (2002-04-01)
Publisher: Cornell University Press
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