The Purest Of Bastards: Works Of Mourning, Art, And Affirmation In The Thought Of Jacques Derrida David Farrell Krell

ISBN: 9780271019918

Published: May 29th 2000

Hardcover

256 pages


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The Purest Of Bastards: Works Of Mourning, Art, And Affirmation In The Thought Of Jacques Derrida  by  David Farrell Krell

The Purest Of Bastards: Works Of Mourning, Art, And Affirmation In The Thought Of Jacques Derrida by David Farrell Krell
May 29th 2000 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 256 pages | ISBN: 9780271019918 | 6.54 Mb

The deconstruction that is commonly seen to be the method of Derridas philosophy has an inescapably negative connotation. To counter this view of Derridas thought as basically destructive, David Farrell Krell invites readers to understand how it may instead be seen as fundamentally affirmative--just as Nietzsches philosophy, so allegedly nihilistic, is at heart a call for tragic affirmation, in amor fati.But, while affirmative, Derrida is also engaged in a thinking of mourning, which he views as the promise of memory--a fragile yet vital promise that binds past and future.

The book explores what mourning means in Derridas writing and how the labors of mourning and affirmation are mediated by works of art. Thus the book engages many different areas of Derridas work, from the classic texts of deconstruction to the more recent meditations on art and mourning.This chance [affirmation without issue] can come to us only from you, do you hear me?

Do you understand me? . . . And me, the purest of bastards, leaving bastards of all kinds just about everywhere. This passage from Derridas La Carte postale nicely encapsulates what David Farrell Krell wants to convey about Derridas thought--its astonishing mix of negativity and affirmation in his labors of mourning.



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