Derrida: Writing Events (Continuum Studies in Continental Philosophy #88) (Hardcover)

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This is book number 88 in the Continuum Studies in Continental Philosophy series.


Derrida wrote a vast number of texts for particular events across the world, as well as a series of works that portray him as a voyager. As an Algerian migr , a postcolonial outsider, and an idiomatic writer who felt tied to a language that was not his own, and as a figure obsessed by the singularity of the literary or philosophical event, Derrida emerges as one whose thought always arrives on occasion. But how are we to understand the event in Derrida? Is there a risk that such stories of Derrida's work tend to misunderstand the essential unpredictability at work in the conditions of his thought? And how are we to reconcile the importance in Derrida of the unknowable event, the pull of the singular, with deconstruction's critical and philosophical rigour and its claims to rethink more systematically the ethico-political field. This book argues that this negotiation in fact allows deconstruction to reformulate the very questions that we associate with ethical and political responsibility and shows this to be the central interest in Derrida's work.

About the Author

Simon Morgan Wortham is Professor of English and co-director of the London Graduate School at Kingston University London, UK.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781847062475
ISBN-10: 1847062474
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication Date: September 23rd, 2008
Pages: 152
Language: English
Series: Continuum Studies in Continental Philosophy