Gift of Death and Literature in Secret

ISBN-10: 0226142779
ISBN-13: 9780226142777
Edition: 2nd 2008
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Book details

List price: $14.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 4/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484

The Gift of Death, Jacques Derrida’s most sustained consideration of religion, explores questions first introduced in his bookGiven Timeabout the limits of the rational and responsible that one reaches in granting or accepting death, whether by sacrifice, murder, execution, or suicide. Derrida analyzes Czech philosopher Jan Patocka’sHeretical Essays in the Philosophy of Historyand develops and compares his ideas to the works of Heidegger, Lévinas, and Kierkegaard. One of Derrida’s major works,The Gift of Deathresonates with much of his earlier writing, and this highly anticipated second edition is greatly enhanced by David Wills’s updated translation. nbsp; This new edition also features the first-ever English translation of Derrida’snbsp;Literature in Secret. In it, Derrida continues his discussion of the sacrifice of Isaac, which leads to bracing meditations on secrecy, forgiveness, literature, and democracy. He also offers a reading of Kafka’sLetter to His Fatherand uses the story of the flood in Genesisnbsp;as annbsp;embarkation pointnbsp;for a consideration of divine sovereignty. nbsp; “An important contribution to the critical study of ethics that commends itself to philosophers, social scientists, scholars of religion . . . [and those] made curious by the controversy that so often attends Derrida.”—Booklist, on the first edition

Jacques Derrida was born in El-Biar, Algeria on July 15, 1930. He graduated from the �cole Normal Sup�rieure in 1956. He taught philosophy and logic at both the University of Paris and the �cole Normal Sup�rieure for around 30 years. His works of philosophy and linguistics form the basis of the school of criticism known as deconstruction. This theory states that language is an inadequate method to give an unambiguous definition of a work, as the meaning of text can differ depending on reader, time, and context. During his lifetime, he wrote more than 40 books on various aspects of deconstruction including Of Grammatology, Glas, The Postcard: From Socrates to Freud and Beyond, and Ulysses Gramophone: Hear Say Yes in Joyce. He died of pancreatic cancer on October 9, 2004 at the age of 74.

Translator’s Preface to the 2007 Edition
The Gift of Death
One Secrets of European Responsibility Two Beyond: Giving for the Taking, Teaching and Learning to Give, Death Three Whom to Give to (Knowing Not to Know) Four Tout autre est tout autre
Literature in Secret: An Impossible Filiation
One The Test of Secrecy: For the One as for the Other Two Father, Son, and Literature Three More Than One
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