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- DescriptionMore than fifteen years ago, Jacques Derrida writes in the prologue to this remarkable and uniquely revealing book, a phrase came to me, as though in spite of me. . . . It imposed itself upon me with the authority, so discreet and simple it was, of a judgment: cinders there are ( il y a la cendre ). . . . I had to explain myself to it, respond to it or for it. In Cinders Derrida ranges across his work from the previous twenty years and discerns a recurrent cluster of arguments and images, all involving in one way or ather ashes and cinders. For Derrida, cinders or ashes at once fragile and resilient are the better paradigm for what I call the trace something that erases itself totally, radically, while presenting itself. In a style that is both highly condensed and elliptical, Cinders offers probing reflections on the relation of language to truth, writing, the voice, and the complex connections between the living and the dead. It also contains some of his most essential elaborations of his thinking on the feminine and on the legacy of the Holocaust (both a word from the Greek holos, whole, and kaustos, burnt and a historical event that invokes ashes) in contemporary poetry and philosophy. In turning from the texts of other philosophers to his own, Cinders enables readers to follow the trajectory from Derrida s early work on the trace, the gramma, and the voice to his later writings on life, death, time, and the spectral.Among the most accessible of this rewned philosopher s many writings, Cinders is an evocative and haunting work of poetic self-analysis that deepens our understanding of Derrida s critical and philosophical vision.
- Author BiographyJacques Derrida (1930 2004) was a French philosopher associated with the poststructuralist and postmodernist movements. Called the most famous philosopher of our time, he is most well known for developing the concept of deconstruction. He published more than forty books, including Of Grammatology, Writing and Difference, and Speech and Phenomena. Cary Wolfe is Bruce and Elizabeth Dunlevie Professor of English at Rice University. His books include Zoontologies and What Is Posthumanism?, both from Minnesota. Ned Lukacher is professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the author of Primal Scenes: Literature, Philosophy, Psychoanalysis.
- Author(s)Jacques Derrida
- PublisherUniversity of Minnesota Press
- Date of Publication01/05/2014
- Series TitlePosthumanities
- Place of PublicationMinnesota
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Minnesota Press
- Weight236 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine13 mm
- Translated byNed Lukacher
- Introduction byCary Wolfe
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