Academic journal article Analysis and Metaphysics

Politics of Deconstruction: A New Introduction to Jacques Derrida

Academic journal article Analysis and Metaphysics

Politics of Deconstruction: A New Introduction to Jacques Derrida

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Politics of Deconstruction: A New Introduction to Jacques Derrida Susanne Lüdemann (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich) Translated by Erik Butler Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2014, 157 pp. ISBN 978-0-8047-8413-9

As Lüdema nn put s it , Derr ida 's oeuvr e ec hoes a n open a rra ngement of references and correlations. We are the beneficiaries of a philosophical and political movement for which we should guarantee. The heritage is intrinsically motley, irreconcilable, and disunited. Reading constitutes philosophical praxis simply, and involves the duty of undertaking metaphysical inheritance in a critica l ma nner. The crux of writing ta kes on the configuration of a reappearance of the repressed. Différance constitutes a type of auto-affection that, while irreducible, should be endorsed. Auto-affection and autoeroticism furnish the precondition for allo-affection and lust for the other.

A related point is that Derrida's analysis of metaphysics entails the interminability of framework(s). Thought contests the primal condition of mediation that influences our mental representations. The social or psychic economies of obliga tion r ela ted to the gift ar e notic ea ble on the level of gr a mma r. …

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