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Theory and Practice
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Jacques Derrida David Wills
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Theory and Practice

Jacques Derrida David Wills


9780226572345

Chicago University Press


Philosophy;
Western philosophy: c 1600 to c 1900;
Deconstructionism, Structuralism, Post-structuralism;
Social & political philosophy


Hardback

144 pages

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Theory and Practice is a series of nine lectures that Jacques Derrida delivered at the Ecole Normale Superieure in 1976 and 1977. The topic of theory and practice was associated above all with Marxist discourse and particularly the influential interpretation of Marx by Louis Althusser. Derrida's many questions to Althusser and other thinkers aim at unsettling the distinction between thinking and acting.

Derrida's investigations set out from Marx's Theses on Feuerbach, in particular the eleventh thesis, which has often been taken as a mantra for the end of philosophy, to be brought about by Marxist practice. Derrida argues, however, that Althusser has no such end in view and that his discourse remains resolutely philosophical, even as it promotes the theory/practice pair as primary values. This seminar also draws fascinating connections between Marxist thought and Heidegger and features Derrida's signature reconsideration of the dichotomy between doing and thinking. This text, available for the first time in English, shows that Derrida was doing important work on Marx long before Specters of Marx. As with the other volumes in this series, it gives readers an unparalleled glimpse into Derrida's thinking at its best-spontaneous, unpredictable, and groundbreaking.

By:   Jacques Derrida
Other:   David Wills
Imprint:   Chicago University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm, 
ISBN:   9780226572345
ISBN 10:   022657234X
Series:   Seminars of Jacques Derrida
Pages:   144
Publication Date:   January 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jacques Derrida (1930-2004) was director of studies at the cole des Hautes tudes 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. David Wills is professor of French and comparative literature at Brown University.


For Anglophone readers who view deconstruction as a set of arguments about language and literature or see Derrida's early 1990s exploration of Marxism as weak and belated, Theory and Practice is enlightening. --Los Angeles Review of Books

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