Derrida, an Egyptian

Derrida, an Egyptian

by Peter Sloterdijk

Hardback Publication Date: 10/07/2009

  $73.95
Shortly before his death in 2004, Jacques Derrida expressed two
paradoxical convictions: he was certain that he would be forgotten
the very day he died, yet at the same time certain that something
of his work would survive in the cultural memory. This text by
Peter Sloterdijk - one of the major figures of contemporary
philosophy - makes a contribution of its own to the preservation
and continuation of Derrida's unique and powerful work.
In this brief but illuminating text, Sloterdijk offers a series
of recontextualizations of Derrida's work by exploring the
connections between Derrida and seven major thinkers, including
Hegel, Freud and Thomas Mann. The leitmotif of this exploration is
the role that Egypt and the Egyptian pyramid plays in the
philosophical imagination of the West, from the exodus of Moses and
the Jews to the conceptualization of the pyramid as the archetype
of the cumbersome objects that cannot be taken along by the spirit
on its return to itself.


'Egyptian' is the term for all constructs that can be subjected
to deconstruction - except for the pyramind, that most Egyptian of
edifices, which stands in its place, unshakeable for all time,
because its form is the undeconstructible remainder of a
construction that is built to look as it would after its own
collapse.
ISBN:
9780745646381
9780745646381
Category:
Western philosophy
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
10-07-2009
Language:
English
Publisher:
Polity Press
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
80
Dimensions (mm):
195x132x14mm
Weight:
0.19kg

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