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Rogues: Two Essays on Reason

(Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  212 ratings  ·  8 reviews
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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Mar 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Luke Echo
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Somewhat easier to read than a lot of Derrida's work. I quite enjoyed this book and the theorisation of problem of the maintenance of social structures.
bram ieven
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This might well be one of the most important texts from Derrida’s later period. Like most of Derrida’s books Rogues lays out a complex and sometimes convoluted argument (especially the second part is a little tiring and even repetitive at times). Rogues also includes quite some of the linguistic puns that Derrida is known for. In this particular case, however, it proves highly rewarding. Even the linguistic puns (which in this book are mostly on the level of the sentence, Derrida keeps his use o ...more
Mehraneh Ebrahimi
Dec 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
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!
May 02, 2007 rated it really liked it
I think my fave Derrida so far.
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Matthew Ciaramella
Oct 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Not particularly enjoyable or enlightening. Although, there are some useful ideas to work through as someone new to deconstruction.
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
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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.
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Jacques Derrida 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 particular, architect ...more

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