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Deconstructing the Death Penalty: Derrida's Seminars and the New Abolitionism

Kelly Oliver and Stephanie Straub


This volume represents the first collection of essays devoted exclusively to Jacques Derrida's Death Penalty Seminars, conducted from 1999 to 2001. The volume includes essays from a range of scholars working in philosophy, law, Francophone studies, and comparative literature, including established Derridians, activist scholars, and emerging scholars. These essays attempt to elucidate and expand upon Derrida's deconstruction of the theologico-political logic of the death penalty in order to construct a new form of abolitionism, one not rooted in the problematic logics of sovereign power. These ... More

Keywords: Capital Punishment, Death Penalty, Deconstruction, Jacques Derrida, Political Theology, Sovereignty

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780823280100
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823280100.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kelly Oliver, editor
Vanderbilt University

Stephanie Straub, editor
Vanderbilt University

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Front Matter


Stephanie M. Straub

Part I Reading Derrida’s Death Penalty Seminars

Part II Derrida and His Interlocutors

Chapter 7 Calculus

Kas Saghafi

Part III Extending Derrida’s Analysis

Chapter 8 A Proper Death

Nicole Anderson

Part IV Derrida and Capital Punishment in the United States

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