New Books On Derrida.

Here’s a couple of books about Derrida coming out from Fordham University Press:

Derrida Vis-à-vis Lacan
Interweaving Deconstruction and Psychoanalysis
Andrea Hurst

ISBN: 9780823228751
Book (Paperback)
Fordham University Press
351 pages
OUT: May 15th, 2008

“Hurst brokers the relationship between Derrida and Lacan with great delicacy. Through patient, sympathetic, and often eye-opening readings of both, she maintains the separateness of these titans of French thought even as she draws them convincingly close together.”
Joan Copjec, The University at Buffalo, SUNY

Derrida and Lacan have long been viewed as proponents of two opposing schools of thought. This book argues, however, that the logical structure underpinning Lacanian psychoanalytic theory is a complex, paradoxical relationality that corresponds to Derrida’s “plural logic of the aporia.”

Andrea Hurst begins by linking this logic to a strand of thinking (in which Freud plays a part) that unsettles philosophy’s transcendental tradition. She then shows that Derrida is just as serious and careful a reader of Freud’s texts as Lacan. Interweaving the two thinkers, she argues that the Lacanian Real is another name for Derrida’s différance and shows how Derrida’s writings on Heidegger and Nietzsche embody an attitude toward sexual difference and feminine sexuality that matches Lacanian insights.

Attempting to heal a long-standing divide between Derrideans and Lacanians, she brings out a deep theoretical accord between thinkers who both recognize the power of psychoanalysis to address contemporary political and ethical issues.

ANDREA HURST is a Research Associate and Lecturer in Philosophy at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Derrida From Now On
Michael Naas

ISBN: 9780823229598
Book (Paperback)
Fordham University Press
300 pages
OUT: November 17th, 2008

“Naas is a true heir of Derrida.”—Dawne McCance, University of Manitoba

Written in the wake of Jacques Derrida’s death in 2004, Derrida From Now On attempts both to do justice to the memory of Derrida and to demonstrate the continuing significance of his work for contemporary philosophy and literary theory. The book begins with an analysis of Derrida’s attachment to the French language, to Europe, and to European secular thought, before turning to Derrida’s long engagement with America and to the ways in which deconstruction allows us to rethink the history, identity, and promise of post–9/11 America. Taking as its point of departure several later works (from “Faith and Knowledge” and The Work of Mourning to Rogues and Learning to Live Finally), the book demonstrates how Derrida’s analyses of the phantasms of sovereignty, the essential autoimmunity of democracy or religion, or the impossible mourning of the nation-state can help us to understand what is happening today in American culture, literature, and politics.

MICHAEL NAAS is Professor of Philosophy at De Paul University. He is the author of Turning: From Persuasion to Philosophy and Taking on the Tradition: Jacques Derrida and the Legacies of Deconstruction. He is the co-editor of Derrida’s The Work of Mourning and co-translator of several other works by Derrida.

Here’s another curious looking volume from Stanford University Press:

UPDATE: Here’s a talk Martin Hägglund gave about his upcoming book on Derrida.

Radical Atheism: Derrida and the Time of Life
Martin Hägglund

ISBN: 9780804700788
288 pages
OUT: September 10th, 2008.

Radical Atheism presents a profound new reading of the influential French philosopher Jacques Derrida. Against the prevalent notion that there was an ethical or religious “turn” in Derrida’s thinking, Hägglund argues that a radical atheism informs Derrida’s work from beginning to end. Proceeding from Derrida’s insight into the constitution of time, Hägglund demonstrates how Derrida rethinks the condition of identity, ethics, religion, and political emancipation in accordance with the logic of radical atheism. Hägglund challenges other major interpreters of Derrida’s work and offers a compelling account of Derrida’s thinking on life and death, good and evil, self and other. Furthermore, Hägglund does not only explicate Derrida’s position but also develops his arguments, fortifies his logic, and pursues its implications. The result is a groundbreaking deconstruction of the perennial philosophical themes of time and desire as well as pressing contemporary issues of sovereignty and democracy.

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