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Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Derrida on Deconstruction

1st Edition

By Barry Stocker


224 pages

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Jacques Derrida is one of the most influential and controversial philosophers of the last fifty years. Derrida on Deconstruction introduces and assesses:

  • Derrida's life and the background to his philosophy
  • the key themes of the critique of metaphysics, language and ethics that characterize his most widely read works
  • the continuing importance of Derrida's work to philosophy.

This is a much-needed introduction for philosophy or humanities students undertaking courses on Derrida.


'Barry Stocker's guidebook achieves a great deal … in a lucid prose that serves to demystify both Derrida and deconstruction …' - A. Singh and M. Singamsetty, Metapsychology Online Reviews

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Derrida’s Life and the Background to His Philosophy 2. Metaphysics 3. Language: Sense and Meaning 4. Consciousness: Intentionality and Perception 5. Knowledge: Origin and Structure 6. Values: Ethics, Sovereignty, Humanism and Religion 7. Metaphor, Literature and Aesthetics 8. Towards a Definition of Deconstruction Bibliography

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / History & Surveys / General
PHILOSOPHY / Criticism