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Title:Writing and Difference
Format Type:Ebook
Author:Jacques Derrida, Alan Bass
Publisher:University Of Chicago Press
ISBN:0226143295
ISBN 13:
Number of Pages:362
Category:Philosophy, Non fiction, Theory, France, Writing

Writing and Difference by Jacques Derrida, Alan Bass

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Writing and Difference First published in i Writing and Difference i a collection of Jacques Derrida s essays written between and 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 i diff rence i the untranslatable formulation of a nonmetaphysical concept that does not exclude writing for almost a generation of students of literature philosophy and psychoanalysis .

i Writing and Difference i reveals the unacknowledged program that makes thought itself possible In analyzing the contradictions inherent in this program Derrida foes on to develop new ways of thinking reading and writing new ways based on the most complete and rigorous understanding of the old ways Scholars and students from all disciplines will find i Writing and Difference i an excellent introduction to perhaps the most challenging of contemporary French thinkers challenging because Derrida questions thought as we know it