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Until relatively recently, Derrida was seen by many as nothing more than the high priest of Deconstruction, by turns stimulating & fascinating, yet always somewhat disengaged from the central political questions of our time. Or so it seemed. His political turn, marked especially by the appearance of Specters of Marx, has surprised some, delighted others. In The Politic ...more
Paperback, Radical Thinkers, 312 pages
Published January 17th 2006 by Verso (London/NY_ (first published January 1st 1994)
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The paradoxical gift of Derrida's obscurantist prose just keeps giving.
Deconstruction is the desire for thought. Derrida says here - there is no deconstruction without democracy and there is no democracy without deconstruction. For all of his attempts to avoid defining, labelling and reducing deconstruction, this book is actually quite readable and in several places it is very clear as well.
Mar 20, 2011 Michel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Michel by: JP Delvaux
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An amazing read, made even more vivid in the current Mediterranean context.
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Intriguing and provocative. as always.
Toi Drayton-seymore
I read this book and I loved it. It will be a book that I will read each year. This book is a must read for the rebellious intellectual. To be different because you are. This book is a rite of passage, after you have read it. You will be open to so much more, French authors like Bataille, Foucault, Barthes or Bourdieu will entice you. Derrida quotes the canon of other writer in their original languages, to read this it does require knowledge of the language or of those quotes works. I have learn ...more
Cain S. Pinto
Derrida’s The Politics of Friendship (1994) is as fine an act of deconstructive tightrope traipse as any of his other works; combing through quotations from known philosophers, through tendentious citations severally removed from the original locutions, in unknown light, and situating in them the inscrutable intentionality embedded in language [langue] as such. As ever, his reading of almost trite, or Canonical, texts bringing about a moment of alterity native to them, and so surprisingly impugn ...more
Alex Obrigewitsch
My introduction to Derrida (I know I'm late)(God help me...).
Began my love-affair with a ghost; making me accutely aware of all the ghosts haunting my life.
Egor Sofronov
A study of piercing eloquence. Kant's black swan--as a figure of repudiation of essential homophilia of friendship--was especially amusing.
William Durden
This is one of Derrida's more challenging works, I've found, and although I have technically "read" it, I have yet to follow that much of what is happening. It's one I plan to return to sometime.
Not my favorite of Derrida's, but interesting, as ever.
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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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