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The Beast and the Sovereign, Volume I

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When he died in 2004, Jacques Derrida left behind a vast legacy of unpublished material, much of it in the form of written lectures. With The Beast and the Sovereign, Volume 1, the University of Chicago Press inaugurates an ambitious series, edited by Geoffrey Bennington and Peggy Kamuf, translating these important works into English.

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Paperback, 368 pages
Published November 21st 2011 by University Of Chicago Press (first published 2008)
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Billy Dean
May 29, 2013 Billy Dean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Derrida can be a trying read. And I'm sure he would appreciate the metynomy of that last sentence. Reading this volume in conjunction with my "Early Modern Political Philosophy" course was highly rewarding. His writing [as always] can be frustrating at times, but there are flashes of genius and even moments of [surprising] clarity. Persevere! I found that it was worth the effort.
Kristi Caudill
May 08, 2013 Kristi Caudill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! The topics were incredibly dense, but the text was taken from Derrida's lectures. This format allowed it more accessibility. The man is a genius.
Jennifer
Oct 16, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's Derrida, so be warned. After The Animal..., this is an interesting continuation of his auto-zoo-bio-graphic pursuit. He focuses on the philological and philosophical histories of "the beast" (and all its French cognates) as well as the image of "the sovereign" - with a nod to logocentrism - and a creepy/cool meditation on marionettes. It's been very useful to me, but as always, the more times I read something of Derrida's, the better I understand.
Aliya
Jan 10, 2016 Aliya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While the expected difficulty of a text by Derrida is present, there are added challenges as it is a seminar transcription. Therefore, it is looser and wanders much more than Derrida's published books. Nevertheless, it is excellent and offers great insights into, amongst other topics, the question of the animal.
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