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Derrida: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) Paperback – 25 Aug 2011
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Glendinning's overview is accurate and informed (Times Literary Supplement)
it's very short, and certainly worth reading (New Statesman)
Glendinnings book is dense and fast-paced; although extensive philosophical knowledge is not assumed, its readers are required to assimilate complex ideas at quite some speed and this in itself will be enough to deter some. However, Glendinnings implied reader is perhaps not the philosophical novice, rather the curious student or scholar made wary by Derridas reputation and the hostility of the tradition. In this case, Glendinnings clarity and rigour, his commitment to careful reading, and his skilful mediation between Derridas voluminous back-catalogue and the inexperienced reader will be sufficient to engage and stimulate new readers and new readings of Derridas work.
About the Author
Simon Glendinning is a Reader in European Philosophy in the European Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is the author of On Being with Others: Heidegger-Derrida-Wittgenstein (Routledge, 1998), The Idea of Continental Philosophy (EUP, 2006) and In the Name of Phenomenology (Routledge, 2007). He is also the editor of The Edinburgh Encyclopedia of Continental Philosophy (EUP, 1999), Arguing with Derrida (Blackwells, 2001), and (with Robert Eaglestone) Derrida's Legacies: Literature and Philosophy (Routledge, 2008). He has contributed essays to numerous books and journals and is currently working on topics in the philosophy of Europe.
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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.
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.