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Derrida: Philosophy in an Hour [Kindle Edition]

Paul Strathern
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Philosophy for busy people. Read a succinct account of the philosophy of Derrida in just one hour.

Jacques Derrida’s ‘deconstructionism’ is nothing less than an effort to destroy all ‘writing’ by demonstrating its inevitable falsehood. The writer writes but does not know what he is writing. Derrida argues that all texts have their own hidden agenda and contain their own metaphysical assumptions – the writer’s very language inevitably distorts what he thinks and writes. The ‘truth’ of all our knowledge is thus undermined; post-structuralism arrives.

Here is a concise, expert account of Derrida’s life and philosophical ideas – entertainingly written and easy to understand. Also included are selections from Derrida’s work, suggested further reading, and chronologies that place Derrida in the context of the broader scheme of philosophy.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 170 KB
  • Print Length: 94 pages
  • Publisher: HarperPress; ePub ed edition (17 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007M4F390
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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I read three Philosophy in an Hour books - Derrida, Heidegger and Foucault. I'm reviewing each one separately but I have similar remarks about each of them which I have written in my review of the Heidegger: Philosophy in an Hour book.

Paul Strathern seems to really not like Derrida - he views him as a muddled thinker who tried to show everything was relative without realising that statement itself is relative and that there is no such thing as truth without realising that statement must itself make some sort of truth claim.

Really if you listen to Strathern you would be surprised to discover Derrida was able to dress himself, let alone engage with serious philosophy.

It is one thing to not agree with a philosopher you are writing about - but at least spend some time explaining what might be of value in Derrida before laying into him, instead of making the book a series of short explanations followed by immediate put-downs. The reader isn't really given a chance to consider whether Derrida might be saying something of value before we learn of yet another obvious howler he has committed.

In fact - if I could briefly try to say what I find engaging about Derrida - he is incredibly engaged in the notion of truth, far from denying there is such a thing as truth he looks in detail at how truth is produced and what else is necessary to be in place before something can be said to be true.

Derrida provides close readings of a series of philosophical texts, paying attention to detail and able to draw out all sorts of hidden assumptions that perhaps even the author was not aware of.
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This a helpful little skirmish with a densely intractable subject. Strathern discusses the general drift of deconstruction without giving any precise definitions or getting involved in any kind of D-Day or significant invasion of territory. This is a pity as his train of thought is lucid and clear and would make him ideally suited to rendering this super-human philosopher intelligible to a general public. Still, I must congratulate and thank him for a tiny but readable foray into the most outlying suburbs of cosmopolis Derrida.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Introduction 15 Mar. 2014
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Readable and clear introduction to the life and works of Derrida. Includes excellent guidance regarding further reading. Well worth the price.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 7 July 2014
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Potently clear ;-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Help for students 19 Oct. 2014
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This book is a big help to understand philosophy's books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars To be read again. 30 Nov. 2013
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Like an addiction, even to read about him.
Adding to unravel what is yet unlearned, Mr. Stratherns silkworm enfolds and extrapolates
Derrida's reach.
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