Derrida: A Very Short Introduction (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, Aug 25, 2011 - Philosophy - 144 pages
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Jacques Derrida, the French philosopher, developed his critical technique known as 'deconstruction'. His work is associated with ideas surrounding both post-structuralism and post-modern philosophy, and he was known to have challenged some of the unquestioned assumptions of our philosophical tradition. In this Very Short Introduction, Simon Glendinning explores both the difficulty and significance of the work of Derrida. He presents Derrida's challenging ideas as making a significant contribution to, and providing a powerful reading of, our philosophical heritage. Defending Derrida against many of the charges that were placed against him, he attempts to show why Derrrida's work causes such extreme reactions. Glendinning explains Derrida's distinctive mode of engagement with our philosophical tradition, and shows that this is not a merely negative thing. By exploring his most famous and influential texts, Glendinning shows how and why Derrida's work of deconstruction is inspired not by a 'critical frenzy', but by a loving respect for philosophy. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Review: Derrida: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #278)

User Review  - Samuel Morris - Goodreads

When you're reading Glendinning's comments on prefaces you're going to suspect this book of being an ironic/postmodern practical joke. Inasmuch as it prefaces a body of work that you'd really need to ... Read full review

Review: Derrida: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #278)

User Review  - Jeremy - Goodreads

This very short introduction to Derrida is a very good introduction to his use of deconstruction, particularly the concepts of différance and iterability, and particularly as they relate to Derrida's views on Marxism and the animal/human distinction in philosophy. Read full review


1 A picture of Derrida
2 Misunderestimating Derrida
3 Reading the logocentric heritage
4 The turn to writing
5 Différance
6 Iterability
7 Politics and justice
8 Man and animal
9 Starting over
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