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Writing and Difference
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Univ of Chicago Pr
Publication date February 15, 1980
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780226143293
ISBN-10 0226143295
Dimensions 0.75 by 6 by 9 in.
Weight 1.05 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock
Original list price $25.00
Other format details university press
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Summaries and Reviews
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First published in 1967, Writing and Difference, a collection of Jacques Derrida's essays written between 1959 and 1966, has become a landmark of contemporary French thought. In it we find Derrida at work on his systematic deconstruction of Western metaphysics. The book's first half, which includes the celebrated essay on Descartes and Foucault, shows the development of Derrida's method of deconstruction. In these essays, Derrida demonstrates the traditional nature of some purportedly nontraditional currents of modern thought—one of his main targets being the way in which "structuralism" unwittingly repeats metaphysical concepts in its use of linguistic models.

The second half of the book contains some of Derrida's most compelling analyses of why and how metaphysical thinking must exclude writing from its conception of language, finally showing metaphysics to be constituted by this exclusion. These essays on Artaud, Freud, Bataille, Hegel, and Lévi-Strauss have served as introductions to Derrida's notions of writing and différence—the untranslatable formulation of a nonmetaphysical "concept" that does not exclude writing—for almost a generation of students of literature, philosophy, and psychoanalysis.

Writing and Difference reveals the unacknowledged program that makes thought itself possible. In analyzing the contradictions inherent in this program, Derrida foes on to develop new ways of thinking, reading, and writing,—new ways based on the most complete and rigorous understanding of the old ways. Scholars and students from all disciplines will find Writing and Difference an excellent introduction to perhaps the most challenging of contemporary French thinkers—challenging because Derrida questions thought as we know it.


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Hardcover
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from Taylor & Francis Ltd (May 18, 2001)
9780415255370 | details & prices | 368 pages | List price $131.35
About: In the 1960s a radical concept emerged from the great French thinker Jacques Derrida.
With James Fisk | from Glencoe/McGraw-Hill School Pub Co (August 1, 1987); titled "Fundamentals of Circuit Analysis: With Applications to Electronics"
from Univ of Chicago Pr (December 1, 1978)
9780226143286 | details & prices | List price $25.00
About: First published in 1967, Writing and Difference, a collection of Jacques Derrida's essays written between 1959 and 1966, has become a landmark of contemporary French thought.
Paperback
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New edition from Taylor & Francis Ltd (May 18, 2001)
9780415253833 | details & prices | 480 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 1.50 in. | 1.18 lbs | List price $23.25
About: In the 1960s a radical concept emerged from the great French thinker Jacques Derrida.
from Peter Smith Pub Inc (June 30, 1994)
9780844667386 | details & prices | List price $24.75
About: First published in 1967, Writing and Difference, a collection of Jacques Derrida's essays written between 1959 and 1966, has become a landmark of contemporary French thought.
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from Univ of Chicago Pr (February 15, 1980)
9780226143293 | details & prices | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.75 in. | 1.05 lbs | List price $25.00
About: First published in 1967, Writing and Difference, a collection of Jacques Derrida's essays written between 1959 and 1966, has become a landmark of contemporary French thought.
Miscellaneous
from Routledge (May 18, 2001)
9780203991787 | details & prices | 368 pages | List price $20.99

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