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ISBN-13: 978-0226143330 ISBN-10: 0226143333 Edition: Reprint

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  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; Reprint edition (February 15, 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226143333
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226143330
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Text: English, French (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Nietzsche has recently enjoyed much scrutiny from the nouveaux critiques. Jacques Derrida, the leader of that movement, here combines in his strikingly original and incisive fashion questions of sexuality, politics, writing, judgment, procreation, death, and even the weather into a far-reaching analysis of the challenges bequeathed to the modern world by Nietzsche.

Spurs, then, is aptly titled, for Derrida's "deconstructions" of Nietzsche's meanings will surely act as spurs to further thought and controversy. This dual-language edition offers the English-speaking reader who has some knowledge of French an opportunity to examine the stylistic virtuosity of Derrida's writing—of particular significance for his analysis of "the question of style."

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By EDA on February 17, 2013
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Amazing Essay, and of serious interest to anyone puzzled by Nietzsche's comments on women in his texts!

Derrida offers the first strong reading (that I've seen) of Nietzsche's writings about women as something more than trite sexism. Derrida's interpretations shed new light on some of Nietzsche's metaphysical and psychoanalytic theorizing, and he goes on to use Nietzsche as a springboard into some of Hiedegger's thinking and some of his own critiques of Hiedegger. Despite being a great way to approach Derrida's own theories, it is a mistake to argue that Nietzsche's commentary on women is 'Derridized' here. Derrida gives an (at least tentatively) affirmatory account which is rigorous, nuanced, very convincing and stands alone in scholarship of Nietzsche and Feminism.

All that being said, the translation is a little poor at times. For example, "cavalier philosopher" is translated as "Philosopher-Knight," which, in english, implies Kierkegaard's Knight-of-Faith and only in that connection barely hint's at Nietzsche's 'Noble'. In French the Knight-of-Faith is "chevalier de la foi" (...Chevalier not cavalier). Derrida's use of "cavalier" works perfectly well in English, and implies the 'cavalier attitude' of philosophers which Nietzsche often derides and the 'cavalier' quality of Nietzsche's 'Noble' - an important character in Nietzsche's staging of several problems he takes up in his work. This may seem like minutia, but it is one of many examples where the translation is misleading and Derrida's thinking becomes opaque to readers unfamiliar with Nietzsche, Hiedegger and Derrida's own work.

Luckily the french text is given in its entirety in the book as well and anytime something doesn't look right, you can check for yourself.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steiner VINE VOICE on June 7, 2008
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This slim text on Nietzsche and Heidegger caused a storm in European Nietzsche circles when it was first released in 1978, and it is often cited today as evidence of Derrida's apparent command of Nietzsche's philosophy. In the text, Derrida primarily deals with the issue of women in Nietzsche, and brings his misogyny back to the problem of truth itself. This is a very rich and dense text, with issues as broad as Mauss' 'The Gift,' madness, and a very tight hermeneutic reading of Heidegger's Nietzsche work. Nevertheless, I am still left wondering what all the excitement is really about.
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Jacques Derrida (1930–2004) was a French philosopher and writer, best known for developing a form of semiotic analysis known as “Deconstruction.”

He begins with the statement, “The title for this lecture was to have been ‘the question of style.’ However---it is woman who will be my subject. Still, one might wonder whether that doesn’t really amount to the same thing---or is it to the other. The ‘question of style’ is, as you have no doubt recognized, a quotation. Thus it serves to indicate that what I shall put forth here is already a part of that space which certain readings, in launching a new phase in the process of deconstructive (i.e., affirmative) interpretation, have de-marcated during these last two years.” (Pg. 35-37)

He states, “But let us leave this elytron to float between the masculine and the feminine… As far as sails and veils are concerned, now that we have happened into them, Nietzsche must have been familiar with all genres. Thus the style would seem to advance in the manner of a SPUR of sorts. Like the prow, for example, of a sailing vessel, its ‘rostrum,’ the projection of the ship which surges ahead to meet the sea’s attack and cleave to its hostile surface… So, it seems, style also used its spur as a means of protection against the terrifying, blinding, mortal threat (of that) which PRESENTS itself, which obstinately thrusts itself into view. And style thereby protects the presence, the content, the thing itself, meaning, truth---on the condition at least that is should not ALREADY be that gaping chasm which has been deflowered in the unveiling of the difference.” (Pg. 39)

He observes, “Nietzsche’s writing is an inscription of the truth.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful By LEs on December 13, 2003
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One might wonder why Derrida focuses on Nietzsche's statements concerning women in this work. That focus only makes sense in light of Heidegger's reading of Nietzsche.
Derrida finds that even Heidegger's supposed totalizing reading of Nietzsche elides the word woman. What is at stake in this elision? That is the point of this work.
Precisely because that elision exists there can be no final philosophy. Philosophy is forever contingent. If you read this book for nothing else, it should be for the final 15 pages where Derrida discuses Nietzsche's umbrella, and the ridiculous loops hermeneuticians go through to understand this enigmatic philosopher.
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Jacques Derrida (1930-2004), was born in Algeria, has been called the most famous philosopher of our time. He was the author of a number of books, including Writing and Difference, which came to be seen as defining texts of postmodernist thought.

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