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Derrida From Now On

9780823229581: Hardback
Release Date: 17th November 2008

9780823229598: Paperback
Release Date: 17th November 2008

9780823229604: Electronic book text
Release Date: 25th August 2009

9780823237555: Electronic book text
Release Date: 25th August 2009

Dimensions: 152.4 x 228.6

Number of Pages: 300

Series Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Fordham University Press

Derrida From Now On

Hardback / £78.00
Paperback / £29.99
Electronic book text / £27.99
Electronic book text / £27.99

Written in the wake of Jacques Derrida's death in 2004, Derrida From Now On attempts both to do justice to the memory of Derrida and to demonstrate the continuing significance of his work for contemporary philosophy and literary theory.

If Derrida's thought is to remain relevant for us today, it must be at once understood in its original context and uprooted and transplanted elsewhere. Michael Naas thus begins with an analysis of Derrida's attachment to the French language, to Europe, and to European secular thought, before turning to Derrida's long engagement with the American context and to the ways in which deconstruction allows us to rethink the history, identity, and promise of post-9/11 America.

Taking as its point of departure several of Derrida's later works (from "Faith and Knowledge" and The Work of Mourning to Rogues and Learning to Live Finally), the book demonstrates how Derrida's analyses of the phantasms of sovereignty, the essential autoimmunity of democracy or religion, or the impossible mourning of the nation-state can help us to understand what is happening today in American culture, literature, and politics.

Though Derrida's thought has always lived on only by being translated elsewhere, his disappearance will have driven home this necessity with a new force and an unprecedented urgency. Derrida From Now On is an effect of this force and an attempt to respond to this urgency.

Michael Naas is Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University in Chicago. His books include The End of the World and Other Teachable Moments: Jacques Derrida's Final Seminar and Miracle and Machine: Jacques Derrida and the Two Sources of Religion, Science, and the Media (both Fordham).

A genuine homage to Derrida.

—Leonard Lawlor
University of Memphis

Naas is a true heir of Derrida.

—Dawne McCance
University of Manitoba

Michael Naas's Derrida From Now On has the depth and seriousness that
experienced readers of Derrida will demand. Yet the style of the book
is so clear and direct, so engaging, that those who are just beginning
to read Derrida will also be eminently rewarded by it. A remarkable
achievement!

—David Farrell Krell
DePaul University / Universität Freiburg