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Derrida's Deconstructive Double Reading: The Case of Rousseau



The present work is a critical description and evaluation of deconstructive double reading that Jacques Derrida applies to certain texts of the philosophical tradition to demonstrate the way in which fundamental binary hierarchical oppositions of Western thought are undone, displaced or deconstructed by the very text in which they are inscribed. The first part of this book presents deconstruction as a double reading. The first reading – what Derrida names “doubling commentary” – reproduces or “reduplicates” the authorial or textual intention (the “vouloir-dire”) of a given text in order to deconstruct it during the second or “critical reading”. The first part of the book focuses on the way that double deconstructive reading is executed. The second part then clarifies these issues by means of rigorous examination of a crucial example of Derrida’s deconstructive reading, namely that of Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Essay on the Origins of Languages and the Confessions in Of Grammatology. In addition to arguing that for Derrida deconstruction is a double reading, a double process, the book makes the critical claim that there is tension or even contradiction between those two distinct gestures which constitute deconstructive reading. For a free printed version of the book, please send a message with your address to:
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Rousseau: The Discourses and Other Early Political Writings November 2018
Preface - Acknowledgements - CHAPTER 1 DIALECTICAL SEMIOLOGY - Thresholds - What is the Absolute Difference? - What is Transgression? - CHAPTER 2 TRANSCENDENTAL PHENOMENOLOGICAL SEMIOLOGY - Husserl and the Presence of Brent ano [error?] - Derrida and the Presence of Husserl - Reference and Indication - Telos and Eidos - CHAPTER 3 FUNDAMENTAL ONTOLOGICAL SEMIOLOGY - What is the Sense of Being? - Who are We? - A Deep Necessity - CHAPTER 4 STRUCTURALIST SEMIOLOGY - Positions/Oppositions - Synchrony/Diachrony - Truth/Method - From Sound Sense to Graphematics via Grammatology - The Writing on the Wall - Of Deconstruction - CHAPTER 5 RHETOROLOGICAL SEMIOLOGY - Paracitation - Who is Jacques Derrida? - Metaphor - CHAPTER 6 ANASEMIOLOGY - The Gender of Truth - The Middle Voice - Insideoutness - CHAPTER 7 THE DIVIDED LIFE - The Softness of the Logical Must - Home Base - The Most Shocking thing about Derrida's Work - Post-Script: Classification - Notes - Bibliography - Index