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1st Edition

Derrida on Time

ISBN 9780415597203
Published December 8, 2010 by Routledge
272 Pages

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Book Description

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


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Joanna Hodge is Professor of Philosophy at Manchester Metropolitan University.