The Ethics of Deconstruction: Derrida and Levinas

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Purdue University Press, 1999 - Philosophy - 293 pages
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It is now widely accepted that The Ethics of Deconstruction was the first book to argue for the ethical turn in Derrida's work. Critchley shows as powerfully as possible how deconstruction and persuasive ethical consequences are vital to our thinking through of questions relating to politics and democracy. Parts of the book have been published in several European languages and a complete edition will appear in German next year. This new edition will update and confirm this title as a standard reference work in the area of French philosophy and theory.

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This is a fantastic study that traces the mutual influence of Derrida and Levinas' philosophy. Critchley's writing is academic but accessible. Read full review

Review: The Ethics of Deconstruction: Derrida and Levinas

User Review  - James - Goodreads

A stunning book. The basic (convincing) claim is that Derridean deconstruction leads to a political impasse unless supplemented by Levinas-ian ethical theory. Surprisingly lucid given that thesis; also Simon Critchley is in an Australian rock band or something. Read full review


The Problem of Closure in Derrida
Hois Derridas Final Word
Wholly Otherwise Levinass

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English philosopher Simon Critchley was born on February 27, 1960. He earned his BA (1985) and PhD (1988) from the University of Essex in England. Critchley received his M.Phil. from France's University of Nice in 1987. Critchley has held university fellow, lecturer, reader, and professor positions and was the Director of the Centre for Theoretical Studies at the University of Essex. Additionally, Critchley was President of the British Society for Phenomenology from 1994-1999, he held a Humboldt Research Fellowship in Philosophy at the University of Frankfurt, and was Programme Director of the Collège International de Philosophie. Since 2004 Critchley has taught philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York. Critchley's publications include "The Ethics of Deconstruction: Derrida and Levinas," the collection of essays "Ethics-Politics-Subjectivity," "Continental Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction," "On Humour," "Things Merely Are," "Infinitely Demanding," and the New York Times bestseller "The Book of Dead Philosophers".

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