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The Ethics of Deconstruction: Derrida and Levinas
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Blackwell Pub
Publication date September 1, 1992
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780631177869
ISBN-10 0631177868
Dimensions 1 by 6.25 by 9.25 in.
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Original list price $22.95
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Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: In opposition to the polemics claiming that the work of Jacques Derrida is a species of nihilistic textual free play that suspends all questions of value and is therefore immoral and politically pernicious, this book argues that Derridian deconstruction can and indeed should be understood as an ethical demand, provided that ethics is understood in the particular and radical sense given to it in the work of Emmanuel Levinas. Levinas' work, whose full philosophical importance is only now beginning to be recognized, is introduced in this book. Levinas has exerted a powerful and continuous influence on the development of Derrida's thinking, and by following the textual dialogue between Levinas and Derrida, one can see how the question of ethics can be compellingly raised within deconstruction. This book reinterprets some of the central motifs of Derrida's work (the closure of metaphysics, difference, the general text) in the light of Levinas' ethical problematic and shows how the very textual practice of deconstructive reading has overriding ethical implications. The book concludes by moving from ethics to politics and assessing whether Derrida's work offers a persuasive account of the passage from ethical responsibility to political questioning and critique. The book also contains discussions of Heidegger, Husserl, Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe and Jean-Luc Nancy.

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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780631177852 Book cover for 9780748689316
 
3 edition from Edinburgh Univ Pr (April 30, 2014)
9780748689316 | details & prices | 324 pages | 6.25 × 9.25 × 0.75 in. | 1.40 lbs | List price $120.00
About: The Ethics of Deconstruction, Simon Critchley's first book, was originally published to great acclaim in 1992.
from Blackwell Pub (September 1, 1992)
9780631177852 | details & prices | List price $44.95
About: In opposition to the polemics claiming that the work of Jacques Derrida is a species of nihilistic textual free play that suspends all questions of value and is therefore immoral and politically pernicious, this book argues that Derridian deconstruction can and indeed should be understood as an ethical demand, provided that ethics is understood in the particular and radical sense given to it in the work of Emmanuel Levinas.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780748612178 Book cover for 9780748689323 Book cover for 9781557531902
 
3 edition from Edinburgh Univ Pr (April 30, 2014)
9780748689323 | details & prices | 324 pages | 6.25 × 9.00 × 0.75 in. | 1.20 lbs | List price $34.95
About: The Ethics of Deconstruction, Simon Critchley's first book, was originally published to great acclaim in 1992.
2 edition from Edinburgh Univ Pr (September 1, 2000)
9780748612178 | details & prices | 293 pages | 6.50 × 9.00 × 0.75 in. | 1.05 lbs | List price $25.00
2 sub edition from Purdue Univ Pr (September 1, 1999)
9781557531902 | details & prices | 293 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.00 in. | 1.05 lbs | List price $31.95
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from Blackwell Pub (September 1, 1992)
9780631177869 | details & prices | 6.25 × 9.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.95 lbs | List price $22.95
About: In opposition to the polemics claiming that the work of Jacques Derrida is a species of nihilistic textual free play that suspends all questions of value and is therefore immoral and politically pernicious, this book argues that Derridian deconstruction can and indeed should be understood as an ethical demand, provided that ethics is understood in the particular and radical sense given to it in the work of Emmanuel Levinas.

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