Rogues: Two Essays on Reason
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Rogues: Two Essays on Reason (Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics)

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Rogues, published in France under the title Voyous, comprises two major lectures that Derrida delivered in 2002 investigating the foundations of the sovereignty of the nation-state. The term "État voyou" is the French equivalent of "rogue state," and it is this outlaw designation of certain countries by the leading global powers that Derrida rigorously and exhaustively exa...more
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Published January 18th 2005 by Stanford University Press (first published January 9th 2003)
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Unlike Specters of Marx and Politics of Friendship, I read Rogues closely . . . . The book contains two sections. The first, longer section, deals with democracy-to-come, moving through such quasi-concepts as sovereignty, rogue states, freedom, auto-immunity, and fraternity. The second begins with a discussion of Husserl's Crisis and ends with a, somewhat repetitive, analysis of sovereignty. In the second essay, Derrida makes a distinction between what is rational and what is reasonable. Whereas...more
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Although it is hard for me to stand Derrida, but this book is among my favorites, especially that he deals with concepts of terror post 9/11.
I found the concept of autoimmunity fascinating, although I think it disturbing when it inflicts wiht a democratic election such as that of Algeria. In such cases, it becomes a murderous suicide and no longer democratic. Same in current situation: the country kills civic liberties to save democracy, but that is the end of democracy!
The usual display of Derrida's creative if empty wordplay upon ideas of sovereignty and state that may be philo-log-istic but irrelevant as the phlogiston.
Charles M. Rupert
As usual Derrida afflicts his reader with his sadistic prose, but it is the most accessible work by him I'm encountered.
I think my fave Derrida so far.
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Jacques Derrida (1930-2004) was the founder of “deconstruction,” a way of criticizing not only both literary and philosophical texts but also political institutions. Although Derrida at times expressed regret concerning the fate of the word “deconstruction,” its popularity indicates the wide-ranging influence of his thought, in philosophy, in literary criticism and theory, in art and, in particula...more
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