1st Edition

Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Derrida on Deconstruction

ISBN 9780415325028
Published April 28, 2006 by Routledge
224 Pages

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Book Description

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.

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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'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