Given Time Counterfeit Money

ISBN-10: 0226143147

ISBN-13: 9780226143149

Edition: 1992

Authors: Jacques Derrida, Peggy Kamuf

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Is giving possible? Is it possible to give without immediately entering into a circle of exchange that turns the gift into a debt to be returned? This question leads Jacques Derrida to make out an irresolvable paradox at what seems the most fundamental level of the gift's meaning: for the gift to be received as a gift, it must not appear as such, since its mere appearance as gift puts it in the cycle of repayment and debt. Derrida reads the relation of time to gift through a number of texts: Heidegger's Time and Being, Mauss's The Gift, as well as essays by Benveniste and Levi-Strauss that assume Mauss's legacy. It is, however, a short tale by Baudelaire, "Counterfeit Money," that guides Derrida's analyses throughout. At stake in his reading of the tale, to which the second half of this book is devoted, are the conditions of gift and forgiveness as essentially bound up with the movement of dissemination, a concept that Derrida has been working out for many years. For both readers of Baudelaire and students of literary theory, this work will prove indispensable.
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Book details

List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 9/1/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 182
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

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.

Note on References
Foreword
The Time of the King
The Madness of Economic Reason: A Gift without Present
""Counterfeit Money""
Poetics of Tobacco (Baudelaire, Painter of Modern Life)
""Counterfeit Money""
Gift and Countergift, Excuse and Forgiveness (Baudelaire and the Story of the Dedication)
""Counterfeit Money,""
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