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Misunderestimating Derrida

Simon Glendinning

in Derrida: A Very Short Introduction

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780192803450
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191775796 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780192803450.003.0002

Series: Very Short Introductions

Misunderestimating Derrida

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‘Misunderestimating Derrida’ seeks to explain philosophers' hostility to Derrida. Objecting to Derrida's work on the grounds of its indiscipline is not just objecting to its style. Since one's way of writing philosophy cannot be independent of what one understands doing philosophy properly to be, their objection expresses a concern that Derrida does not (even) begin properly or pursue the writing of philosophy sufficiently philosophically. Deconstruction is regarded as ethically questionable, and dubious to pursue. Derrida's philosophical critics think they know what (well-shaped and disciplined) philosophical writing should look like, and respond aggressively to writing which, quite precisely, regards the place and manner of its own commencement as a genuine question.

Keywords: deconstruction; René Descartes; Edmund Husserl; Emmanuel Levinas; Karl Marx; Friedrich Nietzsche; philosophy; Jean-Jacques Rousseau; Bertrand Russell; Gilbert Ryle; Ludwig Wittgenstein

Chapter.  7235 words. 

Subjects: 20th-Century Philosophy

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