- Key Readings
Jacques Derrida's philosophy of deconstruction has been a key reference in the social sciences for more than 25 years. This work, in four volumes, is a comprehensive, thematically organized review of the key secondary literature on Derrida's writing. It provides a systematic overview of the core conceptual vocabulary informing Deconstruction, identifying published works that most clearly and significantly discuss Derrida's thought.
Together these four volumes represent an essential reference for researchers and students in social theory, cultural studies, philosophy, literature and linguistics.
Jacques Derrida (b. 1930) is by far the single most prolific, influential, and (as will soon become clear to anyone perusing these volumes) controversial philosopher of our time. His writings constitute a body of work unparallelled in its range and ambitiousness, which is perhaps one reason why many commentators - chiefly those of an ‘analytic’ bent - have viewed it with grave suspicion sometimes mounting to downright hostility. Our editorial procedure in selecting amongst the great mass of secondary sources has been motivated partly by the aim to provide a fair cross-section of opposing views, although we have drawn the line at polemical ‘responses’ which (in our judgement) allow prejudice to get in the way of reasoned or principled counter-argument. ...