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How to Read Derrida (How to Read)

by Penelope Deutscher

Series: How to Read

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I have read some late Derrida, so I picked up this book to help me with his early work on language, writing, and speech, which I have always been hesitant to approach at all. This book was helpful in giving me more footing to begin from, but the examples used to explain Derrida were really uninteresting (for example, using gay marriage to discuss Derrida's approach to law and justice).

Deutscher writes clearly but without the energy or enthusiasm that made 'How to Read Wittgenstein' so much fun ( )
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Intent on letting the reader experience the pleasure and intellectual stimulation in reading classic authors, the How to Read series will facilitate and enrich your understanding of texts vital to the canon.

An idiosyncratic and highly controversial French philosopher, Jacques Derrida inspired profound changes in disciplines as diverse as law, anthropology, literature and architecture. In Derrida’s view, texts and contexts are woven with inconsistencies and blindspots, which provide us with a chance to think in new ways about, among other things, language, community, identity and forgiveness. Derrida’s suggestions for “how to read” lead to a new vision of ethics and a new concept of responsibility.

Penelope Deutscher discusses extracts from the full range of Derrida’s work, including Of Grammatology, Dissemination, Limited Inc, The Other Heading: Reflections on Europe, Monolinguism of the Other, Given Time, and “Force of Law."

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An idiosyncratic and highly controversial French philosopher, Jacques Derrida inspired change in many disciplines, including law, literature and anthropology. This text makes approaching Derrida's work less fearsome and gives helpful advice on how to interpret his writings.… (more)

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