Tag Archives: Jacques Derrida

Digressive Interior Journeys

It isn’t often that a writer’s voice and concerns register deep enough that I end up scouring second-hand sources for first editions of their work. Jenny Diski becomes the thirty-first writer housed in that hallowed subsection of my library reserved for … Continue reading

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A Year of Reading: 2013

It was an exceptional year of reading that began with Benoît Peeters’ prodigious Derrida biography. I also finally got around to Knowlson’s respectful but no less captivating Beckett biography. 2013 was a year for new encounters: notably Jane Bennett, Pierre Hadot and … Continue reading

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Authenticity and Semiconsciousness

This “authenticity,” also tackled by Derrida, inspired by Aristotle and Heidegger, is a central preoccupation. Is it possible to stay in this state always? If so, how? [..] I have been strongly impressed by the radical opposition between everyday life-which … Continue reading

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Ethical Theory

In my last brief post I wrote of the thrill of discovering (thanks to David) the work of Pierre Hadot and his philosophical leitmotif, drawn from antiquity, that philosophy is the choice of a form of life and not purely academic … Continue reading

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Benoît Peeters’ Derrida A Biography

Derrida A Biography is an oversized book, heavy too. My original plan was to read it at home in the evenings and weekends, with a more conveniently sized paperback for my other reading, on planes, trains and in the bath. … Continue reading

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How to translate “poem”?

For if the difficulties of translation can be anticipated (and the question of deconstruction is also through and through the question of translation, and of the language of concepts, of the conceptual corpus of so-called “western” metaphysics), one should not … Continue reading

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‘How to Read Literature.’

J. Hillis Miller was part of the ‘Yale School,’ along with Paul de Man and Harold Bloom. Initially associated with Derrida, their strategy of deconstruction was little more than a way of prolonging the intellectual snobbery of American New Criticism, … Continue reading

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‘What is Deconstruction?’

Earlier I tweeted a link to an essay by Nicholas Royle which poses the question ‘What is Deconstruction?’. The essay is a trenchant, witty letter to the editors of Chambers Dictionary about the weakness of their definition of the term. … Continue reading

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Jacques Derrida – The Last Interview

[..] a text is possessed of an unconscious, and that it will reveal itself, in all its anxieties and neuroses and pathologies and denials and phantasms, if you ana- lyze it – read it – carefully enough. Back now to Benoît … Continue reading

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Nietzsche, Ecce Homo and Biography

Nietzsche, like Jean-Paul Sartre, TS Eliot and the films of Martin Scorsese, is best discovered before you hit your twenties. His writing is accessible to early interpretation and uncorrupted by the language of the academy. I remember so clearly the … Continue reading

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