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5.0 out of 5 stars More than a Derrida crib sheet
The better Very Short Introductions do more than try to be a simple crib sheet. Happily this one succeeds in being a lot more than that, and more than a mere introduction to a writer for whom the very idea of an introduction is problematic anyhow. Glendinning puts forward an argument that Derrida's work is inspired by a deep understanding and a genuine respect for the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Derrida is not easy to read
The one upshot is that I do not know enough to find the introduction illuminating.
I would have like to have seen more practical examples of text analysis.
The other upshot really is what everyone know already, Derrida is by no means easy to read.
Some of the questions he appears to ask are challenging.
But do they amount to a coherent viewpoint...
Published 5 months ago by C. J. Terry


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5.0 out of 5 stars More than a Derrida crib sheet, 3 Nov 2011
This review is from: Derrida: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Paperback)
The better Very Short Introductions do more than try to be a simple crib sheet. Happily this one succeeds in being a lot more than that, and more than a mere introduction to a writer for whom the very idea of an introduction is problematic anyhow. Glendinning puts forward an argument that Derrida's work is inspired by a deep understanding and a genuine respect for the Western philosophical tradition and is a contribution to that tradition rather than just a nihilistic attack. He also covers fascinating biographical points whilst showing why Derrida was apparently so reticent about the very idea of a writer's origins. The book moves through Derrida's writing thematically and highlights the latter development of his political engagements.

The style, unlike Derrida's, is accessible to the lay reader whilst remaining uncompromising in tackling the challenge of Derrida's writing.

I don't think approaching Derrida is ever for the faint of heart but if you really want to take a fresh look at a writer who is notoriously difficult to read then this is a place to (re)start.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Derrida is not easy to read, 5 April 2014
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This review is from: Derrida: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Paperback)
The one upshot is that I do not know enough to find the introduction illuminating.
I would have like to have seen more practical examples of text analysis.
The other upshot really is what everyone know already, Derrida is by no means easy to read.
Some of the questions he appears to ask are challenging.
But do they amount to a coherent viewpoint?
I'm none the wiser, but that may just be my problem.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Short, but hardly an Introduction, 23 Sep 2013
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The series introduction says: "VERY SHORT INTRODUCTIONS are for anyone wanting a stimulating and accessible way in to a new subject".
Accessible this one is not!! It is the most obscure book I have ever tried to read. I persevered in the hope that all would eventually become clear, but it didn't, and I gave up about two thirds of the way through.
The only people I would recommend it to are advanced philosophy students, but I assume they know all about Derrida already.
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