- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Northwestern University Press (15 Aug. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0810127652
- ISBN-13: 978-0810127654
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
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Voice and Phenomenon: Introduction to the Problem of the Sign in Husserl's Phenomenology (Northwestern University Studies in Phenomenology & Existential Philosophy) Paperback – 15 Aug 2010
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About the Author
Jacques Derrida was a professor of philosophy at the Sorbonne, the Ecole Normale Superieure, and the University of California, Irvine, and the author of numerous books including" Of Grammatology," "Dissemination Of Spirit," and" Limited Inc." (NUP). L eonard Lawlor is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Philosophy at Pennsylvania State University. He previously translated Merleau-Ponty s "Husserl at the Limits of Phenomenology" and "Institution and Passivity" for Northwestern."
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Lawlor: "Is it not excluded, for essential and structural reasons--the very reasons that Husserl recalls--that the unity of intuition and intention are ever homogeneous and that the meaning fuses into intuition without disappearing?"
Allison: "Are not two possibilities excluded from the start, namely, that the unity of intuition and intention can ever be homogenous at all and that meaning can be fused into intuition without disappearing?"
Tell me, which of these two translations would you like as your constant companion while working your way through Derrida's consistently complex and challenging argumentation?
Perhaps Lawlor is more faithful to the original?
At any rate, he has done extensive research, included in his translation's apparatus, on how Derrida is rendering Husserl's German terminology into French, which is useful to keep things straight when reading in English.
But I think Lawlor would benefit from re-taking English 101, and I think Allison should be his prof for that.
One of his lessons one is forced to learn when reading his texts is to slow down, not to get frustrated and allow the text to take you wherever it might lead. This doesn't mean skim through it; on the contrary. One learns to be rigorous and playful; to laugh at our own seriousness without forgetting the necessity of both; in short Derrida teaches one to not only tolerate contradiction but to see it as essential and unavoidable. Things are never as simple as we like to think. Derrida himself admitted his inability to master his own essays or texts, so a reader shouldn't expect to be able to get the bottom of his "meaning." One (provisionally) finishes reading the book with more questions than one began with, not answers, and that's a good thing.
If one wants quick and easy answers, i'd advise the "Philosophy for Dummies" book, not Derrida.
Philosophy is never in the answers, or the finish line; it lies in the questions and on the path of humility, the path of humanity; not of Icarus and Hubris (Pg 87).
One doesn't need to have studied Husserl to read and benefit from this text, although having a copy of Volume 1 of his Logical Investigations near by to reference might be something some readers will find helpful, although unnecessary (of course one of Derrida's goals is to interest us in thinkers, so he might convince you of the merits of studying Husserl or maybe not).