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Derrida and Autobiography
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  • Page extent: 212 pages
  • Size: 216 x 138 mm
  • Weight: 0.28 kg
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 (ISBN-13: 9780521465816 | ISBN-10: 0521465818)

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  • Published June 1995

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The work of Jacques Derrida can be seen to reinvent most theories; here Robert Smith offers a reading of the philosophy of Derrida and an investigation of theories of autobiography. Smith argues that for Derrida autobiography is not so much a general condition of thought as a general condition of writing that mocks any self-centered finitude of living and dying. In this context, Smith thinks through Derrida's texts in a new way, and finds new perspectives to analyze classical writers including Hegel, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Freud and de Man.


Part I. The Book of Esther: 1. Incipit; 2. Pure reason, absolute knowledge, pure change; 3. Suffering: 4. His life story; Part II. Clarifying Autobiography: 5. Worstward ho: some recent theories; 6. Labyrinths; Part III. The Book of Zoƫ: 7. auto; 8. bio; 9. graphy.

Prize Winner

Choice Outstanding Academic Book 1996

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