Dissemination

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A&C Black, Dec 14, 2004 - Philosophy - 448 pages

"In Dissemination - more than in any previous work - Derrida weav[es] a complex pattern of puns, verbal echoes and allusions, intended to ‘deconstruct' both the pretension of criticism to tell the truth about literature, and the pretension of philosophy to be the literature of truth." New Statesman

Jacques Derrida (1930-) is Professor of Philosophy at École Normale SupÉrieure, Paris. Regarded as the founding father of Deconstruction, his influence on contemporary thought has been enormous. His impact on philosophy and literary criticism was assured by the publication of Speech and Phenomena, Writing and Difference and Of Grammatology.

First published in 1972, Dissemination contains three of Derrida's most central and seminal works: 'Plato's Pharmacy', 'The Double Session' and 'Dissemination'. The essays present a re-evaluation of the logic of meaning and the function of writing in Western discourse. This is a groundbreaking work on the relationship and interplay between language, literature and philosophy.

Translated, with an Introduction and Additional Notes by Barbara Johnson>
 

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My first book of the infamous Derrida. I picked this one specifically because I heard it was one of his easier essay collections. I admit that the writing style went well over my head. That is simply ... Read full review

Contents

Outwork prefacing
1
I
71
The Father of Logos
80
Theuth Hermes Thoth
89
The Pharmakon
98
The Pharmakeus
119
II
130
Family Scene
143
The Double Session
187
197
237
Dissemination
317
The Scission
330
wriTing encAsIng screeNing
344
II
363
The Crossroads of the Est
381
Copyright

From the Pharmakon to the Letter and from
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Jacques Derrida is Professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociale in Paris. He is the author of a range of extraordinarily influential works including Dissemination, also available in the Athlone Contemporary European Thinkers series.

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