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Politics of Friendship
A rich exploration of the idea of friendship and its political consequences, past and future, by the most influential of contemporary philosophers. Until relatively recently, Jacques Derrida was seen by many as nothing more than the high priest of Deconstruction, by turns stimulating and fascinating, yet always somewhat disengaged from the central political questions of ou ...more
Hardcover, 308 pages
Published July 17th 1997 by Verso
(first published January 1st 1994)
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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.
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
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
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 ...moreMore about Jacques Derrida...