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Who’s Afraid of Philosophy?: Right to Philosophy 1 (Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics) Hardcover – March 5, 2002

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“This book is of extraordinary importance. It collects one of the most important and underappreciated aspects of Derrida’s work - his investigations into the institutions of philosophical research and teaching - in a definitive and comprehensive volume. These essays are crucial to an understanding of Derrida, and their publication in English is a milestone.”—Thoman Keenan, Bard College

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French

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  • Series: Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press; 1 edition (March 5, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804742944
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804742948
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,196,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This text is part of a much larger work entitled `Du droit a la philosophie' (Right to Philosophy), a collection of letters, essays, interviews and talks given by Derrida in the 1970s and 1980s. These deal with issues around teaching philosophy, the nature and problems of philosophical writing and research, how the discipline of philosophy relates to institutions (with a particular emphasis on universities), all with Derrida's classic insight and deconstructive sense of the mind.
During the 1960s and into the 1970s, higher education was a centre of change and rebellion, in a polyvalent sense of these terms. Not only growth of the mind and new discoveries that inevitably lead to change, and not only reinterpretation and changing systems and structures due to the deconstruction of traditional and static frameworks, but literally through the rebellion and sometimes violent actions of students (with the support of not a few faculty members, in France and in America), change was taking place. There was a grand meeting called in France in the late 1970s with the intention of discerning the fate of the philosophical discipline, whose proposals (the Haby proposal) were never implemented, but whose spirit helped establish the College International de Philosophie.
Derrida first looks at the right to philosophy, from the various ways this sentence can be constructed. What is a right to philosophy? Who has a right to philosophy? What is assumed as foundational and institutional, and what looks out beyond these to horizons? What are rights? Derrida places much emphasis on linguistic interpretation and deconstruction, looking both at the right to language and the right of language in the quest for the right to philosophy. There is a vast amount of privilege here.
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