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Eco-DeconstructionDerrida and Environmental Philosophy$
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Matthias Fritsch, Philippe Lynes, and David Wood

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780823279500

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823279500.001.0001

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Un/Limited Ecologies

Un/Limited Ecologies

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(p.121) Chapter 5 Un/Limited Ecologies
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Eco-Deconstruction
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Vicki Kirby

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DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823279500.003.0006

It seems fair to say that Jacques Derrida’s critical legacy has waned with the restyling of the humanities as science friendly. The term posthumanism, for example, accommodates broad themes in ecology, animal studies, evolution and climate change—even the nature of Life itself. This turn toward physical reality attests to a growing interest in science and its methodologies, as we see in popular accounts of affect theory, new materialism, and object-oriented ontology. Indeed, it is often argued that the waning of the linguistic turn and its apparent hermeticism has enabled this recent fascination with the materiality of bodies and things. However, is Derrida’s “no outside of text” about closure, or its im/possibility? And if the limit segregates nothing at all, if the limit is itself no-thing, then is grammatology an open ecology that already includes what it is defined against, including what is yet to come?

Keywords:   culture, deconstruction, Derrida, ecology, nature, posthumanism, realism, STS

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