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Limited Inc 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0810107885
ISBN-10: 0810107880
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Limited Inc. is a major work in the philosophy of language by the celebrated French thinker Jacques Derrida. The book's two essays, 'Limited Inc.' and 'Signature Event Context, ' constitute key statements of the Derridean theory of deconstruction. They are perhaps the clearest exposition to be found of Derrida's most controversial idea.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press; 1 edition (January 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810107880
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810107885
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Let's be serious" Derrida writes. Then four paragraphs later he writes it again. Then several pages later again. What is the effect of this textual trope? It gives the reader the feeling that what Derrida has been writing, reasoning and arguing up to that point has not been "serious". And that means, it can't be philosophy, for philosophy concerns "serious" issues right? But all the while, Derrida continues to address important questions and "serious" arguments put forth by "serious" philosopher John Searle's... so surely he is in fact being serious? Can we be really be certain? Derrida, I think, wants to open up these questions and it is here where his style itself becomes the philosophical question: can we ever really be sure of conceptual serious and non-serious speech acts?
Limited Inc is a collection of three short pieces which encapsulate the famous exchange (or polemic?) b/w the late Austin, Derrida and american philosopher Searle. The first essay is Derrida's critique of Austin's earliest statement of Speech Act theory: "How to do things with Words". The second is Derrida lengthy reply to Searle's criticisms of Derrida's first essay (Searle is the crusader of contemporary Speech Acts.. Mr. Speech Acts, if you will) and the third, and perhaps most insightful is "Afterword" an interview with Derrida several years after the fact, where Derrida reflects on the "violence" of the earlier Searle-Derrida exchange.
I give Limited Inc a 5 star rating for simply the addition of "Afterwords".
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The Editor’s Foreword to this 1988 book explains, “‘Limited Inc’ collects in one volume for the first time, the two essays that constitute Jacques Derrida’s most sustained engagement with Anglo-American speech act theory. In a new Afterword… Derrida responds to questions… about the two essays and the criticisms they have received, as well as other controversial aspects of Derrida’s work… In its second volume (1977), [the publication] Glyph published a response to Derrida’s essay by John R. Searle … It was this ‘Reply’ that drew Derrida’s rejoinder, the essay ‘Limited inc abc’…; When Professor Searle declined to have his essay included in the present book, we decided to insert a brief summary of its main points in an editorial note between Derrida’s two essady… readers should be able to reconstruct the dispute between Derrida and Searle. But they are advised to consult the full text of Searle’s essay in Glyph 2.”

In the opening essay, Derrida states, “If we take the notion of writing in its currently accepted sense---one which should not… be considered innocent, primitive, or natural, it can only be seen as a MEANS OF COMMUNICATION. Indeed, one is compelled to regard it as an especially potent means of communication, extending enormously, in not infinitely, the domain of oral or gestural communication.” (Pg.
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The Editor’s Foreword to this 1988 book explains, “‘Limited Inc’ collects in one volume for the first time, the two essays that constitute Jacques Derrida’s most sustained engagement with Anglo-American speech act theory. In a new Afterword… Derrida responds to questions… about the two essays and the criticisms they have received, as well as other controversial aspects of Derrida’s work… In its second volume (1977), [the publication] Glyph published a response to Derrida’s essay by John R. Searle … It was this ‘Reply’ that drew Derrida’s rejoinder, the essay ‘Limited inc abc’…; When Professor Searle declined to have his essay included in the present book, we decided to insert a brief summary of its main points in an editorial note between Derrida’s two essady… readers should be able to reconstruct the dispute between Derrida and Searle. But they are advised to consult the full text of Searle’s essay in Glyph 2.”

In the opening essay, Derrida states, “If we take the notion of writing in its currently accepted sense---one which should not… be considered innocent, primitive, or natural, it can only be seen as a MEANS OF COMMUNICATION. Indeed, one is compelled to regard it as an especially potent means of communication, extending enormously, in not infinitely, the domain of oral or gestural communication.” (Pg.
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