This is a comprehensive investigation into the theme of time in the work of Jacques Derrida and shows how temporality is one of the hallmarks of his thought. Drawing on a wide array of Derrida's texts, Joanna Hodge:
- compares and contrasts Derrida's arguments concerning time with those Kant, Husserl, Augustine, Heidegger, Levinas, Freud, and Blanchot
- argues that Derrida's radical understanding of time as non-linear or irregular is essential to his aim of blurring the distinction between past and present, biography and literature, philosophical and religious meditation, and the nature of the self
- explores the themes of death, touch and transcendence to argue that if considered under the theme of temporality there is more continuity to Derrida's thought than previously considered.
Table of Contents
Part 1: In the Beginning Part 2: Interrupting Husserl Part 3: Experience and Limit: Heidegger, Levinas, Blanchot Part 4: The Politics of Places Part Five: Animal/Machine: The Return of Transcendental Aesthetics as Biography
Joanna Hodge is Professor of Philosophy at Manchester Metropolitan University.