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Essay #5 is devoted to structuralism's rival, phenomenology. Just as essay #10 suggested that structuralism can't conceive of a structure with a fluid center, and essay #1 suggested that structuralism tends to impoverish literary texts because it can't account for certain textual energies, this essay insists that Husserl's phenomenology cannot do justice to origins, cannot think genesis. Unhappily, this is a dense and difficult piece of writing.
Next take up essay #9. Derrida is interested here with Hegel's attempt to repress the free play of signification via conceiving philosophy as a totality. Derrida also discusses Bataille's attempt to think the unthought of the Hegelian system, to ascertain what, if anything, can elude such philosophical closure. This is a great essay, but familiarity with Hegel's Master/Slave dialectic is a prerequisite.
If you have read Foucault's MADNESS AND CIVILIZATION, you'll want to read essay #2. Here Derrida attempts to call into question that book's major thesis by arguing that Foucault misreads Descartes. This essay is nicely structured but, for this reviewer at least, not terribly convincing. I also feel that essay #7, on Freud, is not a success. It is so difficult, so tedious, that most readers will cease to care about Derrida's point long before he gets around to making it.
Happily, there are two essays (#6 and #8) dealing with the writings of that fascinating artist/lunatic Antonin Artaud. They are both pretty dazzling, but I suggest taking on #8 first.Read more ›
The first essay in this collection `Force and Signification,' attempts to apply a philosophical rigour to the analysis of literature, wherein Derrida explains Flaubert, Mallarme, and a number of others. `Cogito and the History of Madness' is an extremely famous essay about Foucault which triggered a feud between the two intellectuals that would never fully be mended. In it, Derrida argues that Foucault's book does not address the Cartesian notion of the Cogito adequately in the History of Madness, and that Foucault ultimately relies on the same principles of the enlightenment while attempting to expose the dynamics of its power simultaneously. The essay (along with violence and Metaphysics) is a perfect example of Derrida's capacity to deconstruct. However, he moves very quickly and without and assistance to the reader.Read more ›
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The ratio of copies of *Writing and Difference* purchased to those which are read is probably staggering; however, were one to check this conjecture out with lie-detector tests of... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jeffrey Rubard
Derrida still has not received the recognition he deserves. He is truly one of the great thinkers of Western civilization.Published 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
I'm convinced that understanding Derrida in the context of the western philosophic tradition and in the absence of the anthropology of Rene Girard is an impossibility. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Sam Condon
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if you like Derrida then you will like this book. However, if you are looking for really insightful philosophy I don't think anything by this author will really give you thatPublished on May 26, 2013 by Teddy Haw
The book I ordered arrived well before the expected delivery date and was in the condition promised.Published on July 3, 2010 by Doctor Lo
I enjoyed this book even though it is a difficult read which requires in-depth understanding of the works that Darrida was reacting to. Read morePublished on March 20, 2010 by Christopher R. Travers