The tain of the mirror: Derrida and the philosophy of reflection

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Harvard University Press, 1986 - Literary Criticism - 348 pages
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Deconstruction is no game of mirrors, revealing the text as a play of surface against surface. Its more radical philosophical effort is to get behind the mirror and question the very nature of reflection. The Tain of the Mirror (tain names the tinfoil, or lusterless back of the mirror) explores that gritty surface without which no reflection would be possible. Gasche does what no one has done before in many discussions of Derrida, namely to tie his work in an authoritative way to its origins in the history of the criticism of reflexivity.

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This challenging, difficult book will be accessible only to those familiar with phenomenology and continental philosophy, as well as the history of philosophy back to the ancients. Gasche demonstrates ... Read full review


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Rodolphe Gasche is Eugenio Donato Professor of Comparative Literature at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is author of many books in German and English, including the following from Stanford University Press: " The Idea of Form: Rethinking Kant's Aesthetic "(2003) and" Of Minimal Things: Studies on the Notion of Relation "(1999).

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