The Politics of Deconstruction: Jacques Derrida and the Other of Philosophy

The Politics of Deconstruction: Jacques Derrida and the Other of Philosophy

Language: English

Pages: 288

ISBN: 0745326749

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Jacques Derrida has had a huge influence on contemporary political theory and political philosophy. Derrida's thinking has inspired Slavoj Zizek, Richard Rorty, Ernesto Laclau, Judith Butler and many more contemporary theorists. This book brings together a first class line up of Derrida scholars to develop a deconstructive approach to politics. Deconstruction examines the internal logic of any given text or discourse. It helps us analyse the contradictions inherent in all schools of thought, and as such it has proved revolutionary in political analysis, particularly ideology critique. This book is ideal for all students of political theory, and anyone looking for an accessible guide to Derrida's thinking and how it can be used as a radical tool for political analysis.




















19. Wood, ‘Much Obliged’, p. 137. 20. Wood, ‘Much Obliged’, pp. 136, 137. 21. Wood, ‘Much Obliged’, p. 138. 22. Derrida, Gift of Death, p. 65. 23. Derrida, Gift of Death, p. 59. 24. ‘Responsibility ... demands on the one hand an accounting, a general answering-for-oneself with respect to the general and before the generality, hence the idea of substitution, and, on the other hand, uniqueness, absolute singularity, hence nonsubstitution, nonrepetition, silence, and secrecy. What I am saying here

29/6/07 14:58:29 92 Robert Bernasconi there are no moral and political problems. That is why he prefers to make philosophy the stakes, as we saw earlier. Derrida does not leave matters there. In response to Laclau’s claim that the subject does not exist prior to decision but is invented with the decision, Derrida concedes that even though identification is indispensable, it is accompanied by a process of disidentification. This leads Derrida to the following paradoxical formula: ‘One must say

further resources, but also against Derrida himself who continues to do the same quite explicitly. The problem may well lie in Beardsworth’s reading of Levinas as revealed in his suggestion that ‘Levinas’s thinking risks being political by not wishing to be’.68 Levinas’s thinking on the political is not an afterthought. The political permeates Totality and Infinity from the first sentences of the Preface, where Levinas writes that everyone will agree that it is important to know whether they are

platitudes, to say that deconstruction ‘creates a space for the arrival of the other’? This is necessarily a task of reading and thinking, which requires patience and vigilance. The present collection of essays participates in this undertaking. The essays herein are all responses to the later writings of Jacques Derrida on politics. Given all that I have just ventured above and its seeming urgency, there is an obvious temptation to reach for the most dramatic and sensational of examples. However,

exhausted. At this point in its history phenomenological enquiry is demonstrating a capacity to accommodate rather than succumb to the challenges currently posed to it. Far from being locked into a now outmoded subjectivism and obscurantism, it is demonstrating a capacity to accommodate both the rigours of cognitive science and the infinities of the new theology, and also some third moment of disruption of its received image which it is my purpose to explore here. It is, however, my claim that

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