Violence and Difference: Girard, Derrida, and Deconstruction

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University of Illinois Press, 1992 - Literary Criticism - 238 pages
McKenna explicates key elements of the anthropology of Rene Girard and the literary
theory of Jacques Derrida in terms of each other--to create an interpretive strategy that he
hopes will "salvage deconstruction from the flashy sterility it favors."
 

Contents

Introduction Philosophy in Spite of Itself
1
Philosophy and Sacrifice in Plato and Descartes
27
Platos Letters
40
The Cogito and the Demoniac
45
Philosophy or Anthropology?
57
Violence and the Origin of Language
66
Tracing the Victim
69
Tracing Institutions
83
Apres Coup
126
Truth Stories
133
State Secrets
143
Covert Action
147
State Agents
160
Conclusion Representation and Decidability
173
Biblical Theory Testing The Victimary Hypothesis
201
Solomonic Structuralism
206

Indifference
94
The Subject of Violence
106
Postmodernism The Victim Age
116
The Future Perfect
119
The Law before the Good Samaritan
211
Bibliography
223
Index
233
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