A critical anthology that re-examines Jacques Derrida’s thought by way of theory and praxis, this volume reflects on his striking legacy and the future of theory. Among contemporary thinkers, Derrida challenges not only our ways of thinking but also hitherto methods of inquiry. This book captures how Derrida renovates and re-energises philosophy by questioning the fundamental assumptions of Western philosophical thought. By doing so, he exposes the intricate lie behind binaries, such as speech/writing, nature/culture, male/female, black/white, literature/criticism, etc., which have continued to shape our worldview, where a hegemonic centre is always already in place dominating or marginalising the ‘other’.
A significant contribution to literary theory, this book explores not only the status of Derrida’s contribution as a critical thinker but also the status of critical theory as such in the contemporary milieu. The central question that it asks is whether we should dismiss Derrida as a thinker who espoused an extreme form of relativism, bordering on nihilism, or has he something fundamental to contribute to the future of theory. Could it be that deconstruction is not destruction but a possibility that casts doubts on whether the present can have faith in future?
This second edition includes a new Postscript and addresses some important concerns of our times, such as religious practice, art and aesthetics, translation, sociology of philosophy, and democracy. Scholars and researchers of English literature, philosophy, sociology and cultural studies will find this work particularly interesting.
Acknowledgements Introduction Kailash C. Baral 1 Jacques Derrida’s Legacy: Democracy to Come Fred Dallmayr 2 Quoting Time: Notes on Derrida’s ‘Ousia et Grammè’ Bernard Sharratt 3 Platonism, Spinoza and the History of Deconstruction Gordon Hull 4 ‘Sociology over Philosophy’? ‘Artificial Paradoxes’? Derrida and Bourdieu, Ethical Subjectivity and the Gift Jon Baldwin 5 Before and After Glas: Approximations to the Cognitio Vespertina Silvano Facioni 6 Perhaps the Impossible, therefore, Will have been Necessary: Reflections before Friendship Peter Zeillinger 7 Cosmopolitanism after Derrida: City, Signature and Sovereignty Puspa Damai 8 The Generation of the I Gianfranco Dalmasso 9 Derrida and Religious Reflection in the Continental Tradition Eric Boynton 10 On Following without Following: Deconstructing a Notion of Faithfulness in Church Practice Natalie Roberts 11 Derrida’s Deconstruction of Logocentrism: Implications for Trauma Studies Julie Elaine Goodspeed-Chadwick 12 Is Translation a Mode? R. Radhakrishnan 13 Derrida Elsewhere: A Mnemocultural Dispersal D. Venkat Rao. Editors’ Note to the Second Edition. Postscript: The Philosopher That Therefore He has to Be R. Radhakrishnan Index