By Simon Glendinning, Robert Eaglestone
This quantity brings jointly essentially the most famous and hugely revered commentators at the paintings of Jacques Derrida from Britain and the United States in a sequence of essays written to commemorate the lifestyles and are available to phrases with the dying of 1 of an important highbrow presences of our time.
Derrida’s inspiration reached into approximately each nook of up to date highbrow tradition and the variation he has made is incalculable. He used to be certainly arguable however the surprising originality of his paintings, constantly marked by means of the care, precision and recognize with which he learn the paintings of others, leaves us with a philosophical, moral and political legacy that would be either lasting and decisive.
The occasionally own, consistently insightful essays think of the a number of ways that Derrida’s paintings has marked highbrow tradition more often than not and the literary and philosophical tradition of england and the US specifically. the exceptional participants supply an interdisciplinary view, investigating components comparable to deconstruction, ethics, time, irony, know-how, position and fact. This booklet offers a wealthy and devoted context for considering the importance of Derrida’s personal paintings as an occasion that arrived and maybe nonetheless continues to be to reach in our time.
Contributors: Derek Attridge, Thomas Baldwin, Geoffrey Bennington, Rachel Bowlby, Alex Callinicos, David E. Cooper, Simon Critchley, Robert Eaglestone, Simon Glendinning, Marian Hobson, Christopher Johnson, Peggy Kamuf, Michael Naas, Nicholas Royle
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I will come back to this below. Far beyond this, Derrida’s readings of Plato, of Rousseau and of other eighteenth-century authors like Condillac and his relentlessly sharp engagements with more contemporary philosophers like Foucault, Bataille and Levinas, without mentioning his readings of Blanchot, Genet, Artaud, Ponge (I think the book on Ponge is too little read) and so many others, are simply exemplary. Allow me a word on Derrida’s readings of literary texts, which are often different from his approach to philosophically canonical authors.
The law is both wholly general – or it would not be law – and yet meaningful only in so far as it applies to (or refuses access to) singular individuals. Derrida’s essay explores these and other related issues, always returning to Kafka’s words to puzzle out what they might mean. Like any good literary critic, his aim is always to do justice to what is unique and surprising in the work. And like any good literary critic, the work he produces is itself unique and surprising: a singular response to a singular text.
2. On the one hand, a double reading gives a patient, rigorous and – although this word might sound odd, I would insist on it – scholarly reconstruction of a text. This means reading the text in its original language, knowing the corpus of the author as a whole and being acquainted with its original context and its dominant contexts of reception. If a deconstructive reading is to have any persuasive force, then it must possess a full complement of the tools of commentary and lay down a powerful, primary layer of reading.
Derrida's Legacies: Literature and Philosophy by Simon Glendinning, Robert Eaglestone