Points . .: Interviews, 1974-1994

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Stanford University Press, 1995 - Philosophy - 499 pages
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This volume collects twenty-three interviews given over the course of the last two decades by Jacques Derrida. It illustrates the extraordinary breadth of his concerns, touching upon such subjects as the teaching of philosophy, sexual difference and feminine identity, the media, AIDS, language and translation, nationalism, politics, and Derrida's early life and the history of his writings. Often, as in the interview on Heidegger, or that on drugs, or on the nature of poetry, these interviews offer not only an introduction to other discussions, but something available nowhere else in his work.

When did feminist discourse become an indispensable consideration for deconstruction? What was the impact on Derrida's work of his being an Algerian Jew growing up during World War II? Is there an ineradicable gap between language-based attitude such as those found in a deconstruction and subjectivity-oriented critical models such as those developed by Foucault and Lacan? Such questions as these are answered with great thoughtfulness and intensity.

Derrida's oral style is patient, generous, and helpful. His tone varies with the questioners and the subject matter—militant, playful, strategic, impassioned, analytic: difference in modulation can sometimes be heard within the same dialogue. The informality of the interview process frequently leads to the most succinct and lucid explications to be found of many of the most important and influential aspects of Derrida's thought. Sixteen of the interviews appear here for the first time in English, including an interview, conducted especially for this volume, concerning the recent exchange of letters in the New York Review of Books.

  

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May be he (Derrida) is too smart, and I'm way too stupid...but all these interviews-as interesting as it may seems-cannot convey me the messages. There are a few relatively "easy" chapter of the book ... Read full review

Contents

UpsideDown Writing
1
Ja or the fauxbond II
30
The Almost Nothing of the Unpresentable
78
Philosophie Still to Come
109
Unsealing the old new language
115
Dialanguages
132
Comment donner raison? How to Concede
191
Autobiophotographies
196
to Philosophy
327
A Madness Must Watch Over Thinking
339
This is also extremely funny
399
The Work of Intellectuals and the Press
422
Notes
457
Works Cited
489
Bibliography of Other Interviews with
495
Copyright

the Subject
255

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About the author (1995)

Jacques Derrida is Director of Studies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and Professor of Humanities at the University of California, Irvine. Elisabeth Weber is Assistant Professor of German at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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