Specters of Derrida: On the Way to Econstruction

David Wood

in Ecospirit

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780823227457
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236626 | DOI:

Series: Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquia

Specters of Derrida: On the Way to Econstruction

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This chapter begins with two guiding questions: first, might not an econstruction—a living, developing, and materially informed deconstruction—find itself quite at home thinking through the quandaries of environmental concern? Second, might not environmentalism provoke a certain materialistic mutation within deconstruction? It argues that environmentalism finds itself in an often problematic and aporetic space of posthumanistic displacement with which deconstruction is particularly well equipped to offer guidance. But it also contends equally that environmental concerns can embolden deconstruction to embrace at least a so-called “strategic materialism,” or the essential interruptibility of any and every idealization.

Keywords: Jacques Derrida; ecological theology; econstruction; materialism; environmentalism; deconstruction

Chapter.  9857 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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