Derrida and the Time of the Political

Derrida and the Time of the Political

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An intellectual event, Derrida and the Time of the Political marks the first time since Jacques Derridaa€™s death in 2004 that leading scholars have come together to critically assess the philosophera€™s political and ethical writings. Skepticism about the import of deconstruction for political thought has been widespread among American critics since Derridaa€™s work became widely available in English in the late 1970s. While Derrida expounded political and ethical themes from the late 1980s on, there has been relatively little Anglo-American analysis of that later work or its relation to the philosophera€™s entire corpus. Filling a critical gap, this volume provides multiple perspectives on the political turn in Derridaa€™s work, showing how deconstruction bears on political theory and real-world politics. The contributors include distinguished scholars of deconstruction whose thinking developed in close proximity to Derridaa€™s, as well as leading political theorists and philosophers who engage Derridaa€™s thought from further afield. The volume opens with a substantial introduction in which Pheng Cheah and Suzanne Guerlac survey Derridaa€™s entire corpus and position his later work in relation to it. The remaining essays address the concerns that arise out of Derridaa€™s analysis of politics and the conditions of the political, such as the meaning and scope of democracy, the limits of sovereignty, the relationship between the ethical and the political, the nature of responsibility, the possibility for committed political action, the implications of deconstructive thought for non-Western politics, and the future of nationalism in an era of globalization and declining state sovereignty. The collection is framed by original contributions from HAclAune Cixous and Judith Butler. Contributors. A‰tienne Balibar, Geoffrey Bennington, Wendy Brown, Judith Butler, Pheng Cheah, HAclAune Cixous, Rodolphe GaschAc, Suzanne Guerlac, Marcel HAcnaff, Martin Jay, Anne Norton, Jacques RanciAure, Soraya Tlatli, Satoshi UkaiI would like to turn now from the register of the horrible to the register of admiration and to consider Derridaa#39;s essay a#39;a#39;La#39;Admiration de Nelson Mandela, a#39;a#39; a text that not only singles out Mandela as an exemplary historical figure, and as an anbsp;...

Title:Derrida and the Time of the Political
Author:Pheng Cheah, Suzanne Guerlac
Publisher:Duke University Press - 2009-01-01


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