Deconstruction in a Nutshell: A Conversation with Jacques by John D. Caputo

By John D. Caputo

Responding to questions placed to him at a Roundtable held at Villanova collage in 1994, Jacques Derrida leads the reader via an illuminating dialogue of the critical issues of deconstruction. talking in English and extemporaneously, Derrida takes up with strange readability and nice eloquence such themes because the job of philosophy, the Greeks, justice, accountability, the present, the neighborhood, the excellence among the messianic and the concrete messianisms, and his interpretation of James Joyce. Derrida convincingly refutes the costs of relativism and nihilism which are usually leveled at deconstruction through its critics and units forth the profoundly affirmative and ethico-political thrust of his paintings. The Roundtableis marked by way of the bizarre readability of Derrida's presentation and by way of the deep admire for the nice works of the philosophical and literary culture with which he characterizes his philosophical paintings. The Roundtable is annotated by means of John D. Caputo, the David R. cook dinner Professor of Philosophy at Villanova collage, who has provided pass references to Derrida's writings the place the reader may possibly locate additional dialogue on those themes. Professor Caputo has additionally provided a remark which elaborates the relevant matters raised within the Roundtable. In all, this quantity represents the most lucid, compact and trustworthy introductions to Derrida and deconstruction to be had in any language. a great quantity for college kids imminent Derrida for the 1st time, Deconstruction in a Nutshell will end up instructive and illuminating besides for these already acquainted with Derrida's paintings.

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One has to do with what Joyce calls at some point the legal fiction of fatherhood [UG 135/AL 304]. This is a very Christian moment, when Stephen Daedalus says that paternity is a legal fiction, and he refers to well-known Christian texts. Why is that so? Because one is supposed to know who the mother is. There is the possibility of bearing witness to who the mother is, whereas the father is only reconstructed, inferred. The identification of the father is always resigning a judgment; you cannot see the father.

Are they on talking terms with each other? JACQUES DERRIDA: First of all, I am really intimidated here, not only by this audience, but by this reference to St. Augustine. The way I refer to St. Augustine is really not very orthodox; it is rather--a sin! I have to confess that my relation to St. Augustine's Confessions is a little strange. If I had to summarize what I am doing with St. Augustine in Circumfession, I would say this. On the one hand, I play with some analogies, that he came from Algeria, that his mother died in Europe, the way my mother was dying in Nice when I was writing this, and so -20- on.

How can biblical religion and deconstruction communicate with each other? Can they do each other any good? Are they on talking terms with each other? JACQUES DERRIDA: First of all, I am really intimidated here, not only by this audience, but by this reference to St. Augustine. The way I refer to St. Augustine is really not very orthodox; it is rather--a sin! I have to confess that my relation to St. Augustine's Confessions is a little strange. If I had to summarize what I am doing with St. Augustine in Circumfession, I would say this.

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