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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Icon Books Ltd (3 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848312059
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848312050
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 11.7 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Jeff Collins is Lecturer in Art History at the University of Plymouth Bill Mayblin is an acclaimed graphic artist whose other INTRODUCING titles include Logic and Linguistics

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By T Jarvis on 16 Feb. 2015
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I'm quite a fan of this 'Introducing...' book series, and this edition that focuses on Derrida is no exception. The text is written in extremely accessible language, even if the subject matter is not the easiest. The book explores in roughly chronological order various aspects of Derrida's conceptual arsenal: deconstruction; différance; and supplement, amongst others. It is overwhelmingly focused on what came before Derrida's so-called 'political turn' in the 1990s, something that I feel is a shame given that Derrida set his considerable intelligence on interrogating concrete, tangible notions such as law and justice, gender and sexuality, gift-giving, hospitality and forgiveness. For this reason, I feel Penelope Deutscher's 'How to Read Derrida' is a better text, as it gives a focus on the 'real world' implications of Derrida's philosophy, by examining, for example, how deconstruction came to the attention of legal scholars.

Overall, however, this is a good, clear and digestible introductory text. I found it relatively straightforward, but only because I had already grappled with some of Derrida's concepts in the 'How to Read Derrida' book by Deutsch. I would recommend for the Derrida novice a similar strategy of reading this in conjunction with another introductory text.
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I've read upwards of maybe fifteen of these books (maybe more). This was my second, and still ranks as one of my favorites. At a certain level anything Derrida says is difficult, the issue of his intent regarding that difficulty can be debated (though I suspect it was intentionally obscure), the issue of why can be further debated (here, I will remain silent).

This book though is wholly different from others in the series, save for perhaps the Zizek book, in one unique and very important way. Derrida, if you don't know, was a real jerk to anyone whoever tried to define deconstruction, or speak about his theories. He quite often claimed people mischaracterized his work, and rarely let someone slip by without nipping back. When I got to the end of this particular book though I found an interesting bit of text thanking among other people Jacques Derrida himself.

Given the context it was intriguing, but vague. I contacted the published, and after a day or two they got back to me. They said that the author had contacted Derrida twice in the process. Once at the beginning to ask some questions, and once when the projected was completed, to see what he thought. He reportedly loved it.
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