Jacob Klein and Jacques Derrida: The Problem of Modernity

Joshua Kates

in Fielding Derrida

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780823229468
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235209 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Jacob Klein and Jacques Derrida: The               Problem of Modernity

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This chapter introduces the notion of modernity to the discussion of the thought of Derrida—modernity understood as entailing novel epistemic, institutional, and political formations, and presumably referring to a species of historical occurrence. The examination of Klein's work, in particular Klein's treatment of the modern innovation to which he believes number was subject, allows Derrida's early deconstructive endeavor, including his signature notion of écriture, here to be understood as a response to what Klein so saliently identifies as the “modern rupture”.

Keywords: Jacob Klein; Jacques Derrida; modernity; political formations; institutional formations

Chapter.  6284 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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