Philosophy Today

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Articles from Vol. 42, No. 2, Summer

A Forum on Strategies of Deconstruction: Introduction
When I published Strategies of Deconstruction in 1991, I fully expected that it would be controversial, since I charged that Jacques Derrida badly misinterpreted texts by Husserl, Aristotle, and Saussure. The first reviews, however, ranged from respectful...
Comme or the Last Word
An Afterword to the Evans/Kates/Lawlor Debate and Correspondence July, 1996 Joshua Kates At the end of these encounters it is customary to take stock of the situation, to give an account of where things have ended up. Recently the protocol for this has...
Distorting Phenomenology: Derrida's Interpretation of Husserl
Recently, in the correspondence which functions as the pretext for this session, Claude Evans accepts Hans-Dieter Gondek's characterization of the criticisms in Strategies of Deconstruction as "ad hoc refutations." I also agree with this characterization,...
Habermas on Speech Acts: A Naturalistic Critique
In his early exploratory essay "What Is Universal Pragmatics?" in his magnum opus The Theory of Communicative Action, and in more recent writings, Jurgen Habermas makes liberal use of the theory of speech acts originated by J. L. Austin in his classic...
Half a Century of Philosophy
The following publication (...) has asked me to relate to its readers what has taken place in philosophical thought during the first fifty years ofthis century.1 Philosophical thought is a human task, but human tasks are not strictly speaking "things,"...
Hardly A/the Last Word
Looking back on the series of exchanges published here, I think that in some ways we have achieved the goals we set at the beginning. While we have indeed settled some disagreements and overcome some misconceptions, this is not the most interesting aspect...
Letter to Claude Evans
March 21, 1995 Dear Claude, As you requested, I'm writing you a letter responding to your comments on my review conceming Derrida on Husserlian inner-time consciousness (in the 6/7/94 letter). I'm also going to take up the comments in your SPEP paper...
Letter to Evans
August 10, 1994 Dear Claude, My apologies for taking so long to respond to you. I have been away since the beginning of June, primarily at something called the School of Criticism and Theory at Dartmouth. Thus it has been both a hectic and a working...
Letter to Joshua Kates
October 28, 1994 Dear Josh, I still have not written a complete response to your SPEP paper, but since what follows deals with one rather circumscribed issue-and one about which I fear that we are talking past one another-I thought it might be good to...
Letter to Kates
September 14, 1994 Dear Joshua, Thanks for your reply to my response to your review of my book (this could get confusing). I appreciate both the seriousness, the passion, and the tone. I accept and appreciate your apologies and corrections of your review....
Letter to Lawlor
June 14, 1995 Dear Len, I appreciate your attempt, in your letter of March 21, 1995, to shift the emphasis to the positive philosophical contribution of Derrida's texts. And I appreciate the fact that your approach is not simply to turn away from Husserl's...
Reply to Lawlor and Kates
When I published Strategies of Deconstruction in 1991, I fully expected that it would be controversial, since in it I charged that Jacques Derrida badly misinterpreted texts by Husserl, Aristotle, and Saussure. The first reviews, however, ranged from...
Response to Kates, "The Voice That Keeps Reading: Evans' Strategies of Deconstruction"
Kates raises the question of reading: Strategies of Deconstruction "forces us to pose (again) the question of understanding or indeed reading the work, or works-the labor-of deconstruction" (Kates, "The Voice," 319). This means that we will have to do...
Response to Lawlor, "Navigating a Passage: Deconstruction as Phenomenology"
"Evans admits in passing that Derrida is often, and concerning the most crucial matters in Husserl's thought, correct" (Lawlor, "Navigating," 3). I do try to acknowledge what can be acknowledged. Do I really "admit," even "in passing," that Derrida is...
Some Comments
I. The Question of Reading. While I can't say that I understand all or most of the first part of Kates's review, it seems to me that Kates is correct to stress the necessity of the "in general" question, even in reference to reading. That this is a very...
The Epoche as the Derridean Absolute: Final Comments on the Evans-Kates-Lawlor Debate
The exchanges in which I participated over the last two years with J. Claude Evans and Joshua Kates have been among the most insightful and friendly exchanges of my career; my thanks to them both. For more than ten years prior to these exchanges I had...
The Problem of Bedeutung in Derrida and Husserl
Final Version of a Paper delivered at the 1994 Meeting of The Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy June 1996 This paper centers on Derrida's interpretation of Ideas 124, the role that interpretation plays in Speech and Phenomena, as well...
Translator's Introduction
When in 1951, a Brazilian philosophical journal asked Jose Ortega y Gasset, (1883-1955) to write a series of articles concerning the then current state of philosophical affairs during the first fifty years of the 20th century, Ortega was already 68 years...