4 of 31 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
This review is from: Limited Inc (Paperback)
This is one of the worst and most incalculably difficult, narcissistic texts I have ever tried to read. And I only tried to read it because I had to. Derrida, like many poststructuralists, was something of a madman, in my view. What on earth is he trying to convey? Writing 'about' speech acts? How can you attempt anything so insane? Writing words about words? Text about text? And then have the temerity to suggest that your text actually has some kind of 'transcendental' status conferred upon it by...God? No, because according to poststructuralism God doesn't exist. So who? Ah, Derrida himself. Hence my use of the phrase 'narcissistic' which I can't spell and won't even try to.
I would only recommend reading Derrida if you're in the mood for mental frolicking, and generally want to screw up the way your mind works. Honestly, he takes it for a spin-dry, and the thing is it doesn't feel like it's come out in the wash. There are much better ways.
Derrida's philosophy, in my view, is a frivolous waste of time and not worth bothering with IN ANY SENSE. But, if you have to for an undergraduate course...