Deconstruction in a Nutshell A Conversation with Jacques Derrida

ISBN-10: 0823217558
ISBN-13: 9780823217557
Edition: 2nd 1996
Authors: John D. Caputo
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List price: $40.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: lFordham University Press
Publication date: 1/1/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Responding to questions put to him at a Roundtable held at Villanova University in 1994, Jacques Derrida leads the reader through an illuminating discussion of the central themes of deconstruction. Speaking in English and extemporaneously, Derrida takes up with unusual clarity and great eloquence such topics as the task of philosophy, the Greeks, justice, responsibility, the gift, the community, the distinction between the messianic and the concrete messianisms, and his interpretation of James Joyce. Derrida convincingly refutes the charges of relativism and nihilism that are often leveled at deconstruction by its critics and sets forth the profoundly affirmative and ethico-political thrust of his work. The ocirc;Roundtableouml; is marked by the unusual clarity of Derrida's presentation and by the deep respect for the great works of the philosophical and literary tradition with which he characterizes his philosophical work. The Roundtable is annotated by John D. Caputo, the David R. Cook Professor of Philosophy at Villanova University, who has supplied cross references to Derrida's writings where the reader may find further discussion on these topics. Professor Caputo has also supplied a commentary which elaborates the principal issues raised in the Roundtable. In all, this volume represents one of the most lucid, compact and reliable introductions to Derrida and deconstruction available in any language. An ideal volume for students approaching Derrida for the first time,Deconstruction in a Nutshellwill prove instructive and illuminating as well for those already familiar with Derrida's work.

Academician John D. Caputo (b.1940) specializes in continental philosophy, described as the interaction among 20th century French and German philosophy and religion. He has written a number of scholarly books including The Mystical Element in Heidegger's Thought (1978), Heidegger and Aquinas (1982), Demythologizing Heidegger (1993), Against Ethics (1993), and The Prayers and Tears of Jacques Derrida (1997). Caputo has been honored in Dublin and Toronto, where conferences have been organized around his work. Caputo is professor of philosophy at Villanova University in Pennsylvania, where he received his M.A. in 1964. Other degrees include a B.A. from LaSalle College (1962) and a Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr (1968).

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
The Villanova Roundtable
Editorial Note
A Commentary: Deconstruction in a Nutshell
Deconstruction in a Nutshell: The Very Idea (!)
The Right to Philosophy
Kh�ra: Being Serious with Plato
Community Without Community
Justice, If Such a Thing Exists
The Messianic: Waiting for the Future
Re-Joyce, Say Yes
A Concluding Amen
Bibliography
Index of Names
Index of Subjects

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