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EcospiritReligions and Philosophies for the Earth$
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Laurel Kearns and Catherine Keller

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823227457

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823227457.001.0001

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Specters of Derrida: On the Way to Econstruction

Specters of Derrida: On the Way to Econstruction

(p.264) Specters of Derrida: On the Way to Econstruction

David Wood

Fordham University Press

This chapter begins with two guiding questions: first, might not an econstruction—a living, developing, and materially informed deconstruction—find itself quite at home thinking through the quandaries of environmental concern? Second, might not environmentalism provoke a certain materialistic mutation within deconstruction? It argues that environmentalism finds itself in an often problematic and aporetic space of posthumanistic displacement with which deconstruction is particularly well equipped to offer guidance. But it also contends equally that environmental concerns can embolden deconstruction to embrace at least a so-called “strategic materialism,” or the essential interruptibility of any and every idealization.

Keywords:   Jacques Derrida, ecological theology, econstruction, materialism, environmentalism, deconstruction

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