The tain of the mirror : Derrida and the philosophy of reflection /
Rodolphe Gasché.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1986.
viii, 348 p.
0674867009 (alk. paper)
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Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1986.
0674867009 (alk. paper)
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. [336]-341.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1986-11-01:
This challenging, difficult book will be accessible only to those familiar with phenomenology and continental philosophy, as well as the history of philosophy back to the ancients. Gasche demonstrates a masterful grasp of all these areas as he elucidates those aspects of Derrida's thinking on ``deconstruction'' that relate to ``reflexivity''the traditional philosophical quest for ``the ultimate foundation of what is.'' Given the complexity and breadth of the undertaking, and the necessity of dealing with the technical jargon found in such figures as Kant, Hegel, Husserl, Heidegger, Ricoeur, etc., Gasche's exposition is admirably fluid and clear. For all collections serving scholars in the pertinent fields.Leon H. Brody, U.S. Office of Personnel Management Lib. , Washington, D.C.
Appeared in Choice on 1987-05:
This highly anticipated book results from long reflection on the situation of Derrida's writing in relation to both the philosophical tradition and to literary criticism in its ``deconstructionist'' mode. Gasch;e (comparative literature, SUNY at Buffalo) discusses how Derrida has explored the limits and inconsistencies entailed by modern philosophy's constitutive gesture: the grounding of the thinking subject in and through self-consciousness. Gasch;e defines and follows the concept of reflection from Descartes through Heidegger. This historical review is wholly accessible to undergraduates and is deftly presented. He shows clearly how Derrida mobilizes ``infrastructures'' (or quasi-synthetic concepts) to thematize indecisiveness, advancing thus the Hegelian critique of reflexivity. Finally, he turns to the ``literary'' component of Derrida's writing. Gasch;e maintains the need for rigorous philosophical criteria in following Derrida's thought. He offers lucid commentaries on ``writing,'' ``text,'' and ``metaphor'' that will be of certain value to any student of literature. In short, a brilliant book that holds more for students of philosophy or literature than any other single work on Derrida. Strongly recommended for college and university collections.-J.W. MacInnes, New College of the University of South Florida
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Table of Contents
Toward the Limits of Reflection
Defining Reflection
The Philosophy of Reflection
The Self-Destruction of Reflection
Isolated Reflection
Philosophical Reflection
Speculative or Absolute Reflection
Identity, Totality, and Mystic Rapture
Post-Hegelian Criticism of Reflexivity
Beyond Reflection: The Interlacings of Heterology
On Deconstruction
Abbau, Destruktion, Deconstruction
Deconstructive Methodology
The Propaedeutics of Deconstruction
Against Neutrality Infrastructural Accounting
The Marginal Inscription of the Ground
The Bipartite Operation of Deconstruction
A System beyond Being
The Infrastructural Chain
The General Theory of Doubling
The General System
Literature or Philosophy?
Literature in Parentheses
The Inscription of Universality Writing Text Metaphor
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