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Geschlecht III

Sex, Race, Nation, Humanity

Jacques Derrida Geoffrey Bennington Katie Chenoweth Rodrigo Therezo



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University of Chicago Press
30 September 2020
A significant event in Derrida scholarship, this book marks the first publication of his long-lost philosophical text known only as Geschlecht III. The third, and arguably the most significant, piece in his four-part Geschlecht series, it fills a gap that has perplexed Derrida scholars. The series centers on Martin Heidegger and the enigmatic German word Geschlecht, which has several meanings pointing to race, sex, and lineage. Throughout the series, Derrida engages with Heidegger's controversial oeuvre to tease out topics of sexual difference, nationalism, race, and humanity. In Geschlecht III, he calls attention to Heidegger's problematic nationalism, his work's political and sexual themes, and his promise of salvation through the coming of the One Geschlecht, a sentiment that Derrida found concerningly close to the racial ideology of the Nazi party.

Amid new revelations about Heidegger's anti-Semitism and the contemporary context of nationalist resurgence, this third piece of the Geschlecht series is timelier and more necessary than ever. Meticulously edited and expertly translated, this volume brings Derrida's mysterious and much awaited text to light.
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Imprint:   University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 140mm,  Spine: 1mm
Weight:   666g
ISBN:   9780226677460
ISBN 10:   022667746X
Pages:   168
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Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jacques Derrida (1930-2004) was director of studies at the Ecole des hautes etudes en sciences sociales, Paris, and professor of humanities at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of many books published by the University of Chicago Press. Geoffrey Bennington is the Asa G. Candler Professor of Modern French Thought at Emory University. He is the author of several books on Derrida and translator of many others by him. Katie Chenoweth is associate professor of French at Princeton university and the director of Bibliotheque Derrida at Editions du Seuil and of the digital humanities project, Derrida's Margins. Rodrigo Therezo is editor of several books and the translator of Peter Trawny's Martin Heidegger: A Critical Introduction.

Reviews for Geschlecht III: Sex, Race, Nation, Humanity

The publication of Derrida's third essay on the theme of Geschlecht--sex, generation, race, genus, gender--is a long-awaited event. Geschlecht III is in fact the keystone to all four essays under this rubric. Here, in a seminar from 1984-85, Derrida confronts Heidegger's uncanny interpretation of Georg Trakl's poetry, where figures of the brother, the sister, and lovers loom large. The volume, impeccably edited and translated, is crucial for questions of sex and gender, but also for discussions of philosophy and literature generally. --David Farrell Krell, Emeritus, DePaul University

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