What might be the outcome for philosophy if its texts were subjected to the powerful techniques of rhetorical close-reading developed by current deconstructionist literary critics? When first published in 1983, Christopher Norris’ book was the first to explore such questions in the context of modern analytic and linguistic philosophy, opening up a new and challenging dimension of inter-disciplinary study and creating a fresh and productive dialogue between philosophy and literary theory.
1. Deconstruction and ‘Ordinary Language’: Speech Versus Writing in the Text of Philosophy 2. The Insistence of the Letter: Textuality and Metaphor in Wittgenstein’s Later Philosophy 3. ‘That the truest Philosophy is the Most Feigning’: Austin on the Margins of Literature 4. Fictions of Authority: Narrative and Viewpoint in Kierkegaard’s Writing 5. Image and Parable: Readings of Walter Benjamin. 6. Forked Paths to Xanadu: Parables of Reading in Livingston Lowes 7. Deconstruction, Naming and Necessity: Some Logical Options 8. Methodological Postscript: Deconstruction Versus Interpretation? 9. Appendix: On Henning Fenger’s Kierkegaard: The Myths and Their Origins.