Deconstruction in a NutshellA Conversation with Jacques Derrida, With a New Introduction

Deconstruction in a NutshellA Conversation with Jacques Derrida, With a New Introduction

Jacques Derrida and John D. Caputo

Print publication date: 2021

ISBN: 9780823290284

Publisher: Fordham University Press

Abstract

This volume, now with a substantial new Introduction, represents one of the most lucid, compact and reliable introductions to Derrida and deconstruction available in any language. Responding to questions put to him at a roundtable held at Villanova University in 1994, Jacques Derrida leads the reader through an illuminating discussion of the central themes of deconstruction. Speaking in English and extemporaneously, Derrida takes up such topics as the task of philosophy, the Greeks, justice, responsibility, the gift, community, and the messianic. Derrida refutes the charges of relativism that are often leveled at deconstruction by its critics and sets forth the profoundly affirmative and ethico-political thrust of his work. The roundtable is marked by an unusual clarity that continues into the second part of the book, in which one of Derrida's most influential readers elaborates upon Derrida's comments and supplies material for further discussion. The new Introduction discusses the original context of the book and traces the development of deconstruction since Derrida's death in 2004, from the rise of new materialisms to return to religion. Long one of the most lucid and reliable introductions to Derrida and deconstruction available in any language, and an ideal volume for students, the book will also prove illuminating for those already familiar with Derrida's work.

Table of Contents

Introduction (2020)

John D. Caputo

Part One The Villanova Roundtable: A Conversation with Jacques Derrida

The Villanova Roundtable

Jacques Derrida

Part Two A Commentary: Deconstruction in a Nutshell

2 The Right to Philosophy

Jacques Derrida

7 Re-Joyce, Say Yes

Jacques Derrida

A Concluding Amen

Jacques Derrida