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A Companion to Derrida

Zeynep Direk (Editor), Leonard Lawlor (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4443-3284-1
652 pages
September 2014, Wiley-Blackwell
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A Companion to Derrida is the most comprehensive single volume reference work on the thought of Jacques Derrida. Leading scholars present a summary of his most important accomplishments across a broad range of subjects, and offer new assessments of these achievements.

  • The most comprehensive single volume reference work on the thought of Jacques Derrida, with contributions from highly prominent Derrida scholars
  • Unique focus on three major philosophical themes of metaphysics and epistemology; ethics, religion, and politics; and art and literature
  • Introduces the reader to the positions Derrida took in various areas of philosophy, as well as clarifying how derrideans interpret them in the present
  • Contributions present not only a summary of Derrida’s most important accomplishments in relation to a wide range of disciplines, but also a new assessment of these accomplishments
  • Offers a greater understanding of how Derrida’s work has fared since his death
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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations (Works by Derrida) ix

Notes on Contributors xv

Introduction 1
Zeynep Direk and Leonard Lawlor

Part I Fundamental Themes and Concepts in Derrida’s Thought 21

1 Truth in Derrida 23
Christopher Norris

2 A Certain Truth: Derrida’s Transformation of the Kantian Heritage 42
Olivia Custer

3 Difference 57
Claire Colebrook

4 The Obscurity of “Différance” 72
Gary Gutting

5 Metaphor and Analogy in Derrida 89
Geoffrey Bennington

6 The “Slow and Differentiated” Machinations of Deconstructive Ethics 105
Kelly Oliver

7 Deconstruction 122
Leonard Lawlor

8 The Transcendental Claim of Deconstruction 132
Maxime Doyon

9 Writing the Violence of Time: Derrida Beyond the Deconstruction of Metaphysics 150
Björn Thorsteinsson

10 Derrida’s Radical Atheism 166
Martin Hägglund

11 Play and Messianicity: The Question of Time and History in Derrida’s Deconstruction 179
Françoise Dastur

12 I See Your Meaning and Raise the Stakes by a Signature: The Invention of Derrida’s Work 194
Peggy Kamuf

13 An Immemorial Remainder: The Legacy of Derrida 207
Rodolphe Gasché

Part II Derrida and . . . 229

14 Derrida and Ancient Philosophy (Plato and Aristotle) 231
Michael Naas

15 There Is Neither Jew Nor Greek: The Strange Dialogue Between Levinas and Derrida 251
Robert Bernasconi

16 The Crystallization of the Impossible: Derrida and Merleau-Ponty at the Threshold of Phenomenology 269
Sabrina Aggleton

17 The Politics of Writing: Derrida and Althusser 287
Edward Baring

18 Derrida and Psychoanalysis 304
Elizabeth Rottenberg

19 Derrida and Barthes: Speculative Intrigues in Cinema, Photography, and Phenomenology 321
Louise Burchill

20 Derrida and de Man: Two Rhetorics of Deconstruction 345
J. Hillis Miller

21 Fraternal Politics and Maternal Auto-Immunity: Derrida, Feminism, and Ethnocentrism 362
Penelope Deutscher

22 Antigone as the White Fetish of Hegel and the Seductress of Derrida 378
Tina Chanter

23 Art’s Work: Derrida and Artaud and Atlan 391
Andrew Benjamin

24 Heidegger and Derrida on Responsibility 412
François Raffoul

25 On Faith and the Holy in Heidegger and Derrida 430
Ben Vedder and Gert-Jan van der Heiden

26 “Safe, Intact”: Derrida, Nancy, and the “Deconstruction of Christianity” 447
Kas Saghafi

27 Derrida and the Trace of Religion 464
John D. Caputo

28 Derrida and Islamic Mysticism: An Undecidable Relationship 480
Recep Alpyaðýl

29 Derrida and Education 490
Samir Haddad

Part III Areas of Investigation 507

30 A Philosophy of Touching Between the Human and the Animal: The Animal Ethics of Jacques Derrida 509
Patrick Llored

31 Poetry, Animality, Derrida 524
Nicholas Royle

32 On Forgiveness and the Possibility of Reconciliation 537
Ann V. Murphy

33 Cosmopolitanism to Come: Derrida’s Response to Globalization 550
Fred Evans

34 The Flipside of Violence, or Beyond the Thought of Good Enough 565
Leonard Lawlor

35 Derrida/Law: A Differend 581
Pierre Legrand

Bibliography of Secondary Sources on Derrida 599

Index 605

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Author Information

Zeynep Direk teaches contemporary philosophy and ethics at Koç University, Istanbul. She has written numerous essays in Contemporary European philosophy and edited 10 books in Turkish on Levinas, Derrida, Merleau-Ponty, and Sartre, in addition to editing collections of essays and journal issues on gender and race theory.

Leonard Lawlor is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Philosophy at Penn State University, USA.  He is the author of several books including: Early Twentieth-Century Continental Philosophy (2011) and This is not Sufficient: An Essay on Animality and Human Nature in Derrida (2007). He is one of the co-editors and co-founders of the journal Chiasmi International: Trilingual Studies Concerning the Thought of Merleau-Ponty.

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“Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through researchers/faculty.”  (Choice, 1 March 2015)

"This collection contains lucid and penetrating essays by a number of prominent scholars on the thought of Jacques Derrida. It not only provides an extraordinary exegesis on the fundamental concepts in Derrida’s thought, but also places Derrida’s work in a critical context. Without exaggeration, this volume is the most comprehensive and penetrating collection on the thought of Derrida to date."
Peg Birmingham, DePaul University

"This superb volume brings together some of Derrida's leading critics, commentators and interlocutors to provide a comprehensive overview of his work. The 35 chapters are a testament to the breadth and depth of Derrida's work and a helpful guide to his fundamental concepts and abiding concerns. This volume is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in Derrida."
Paul Patton, University of New South Wales

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