Domestication of Derrida by Lorenzo Fabbri
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Domestication of Derrida
By Lorenzo Fabbri

The Domestication of Derrida

Rorty, Pragmatism and Deconstruction

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Domestication of Derrida by Lorenzo Fabbri

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In The Domestication of Derrida, Lorenzo Fabbri argues that Rorty's powerful reading protocol is motivated by the necessity to contain the risks of Derrida's critique of Western philosophy and politics. Rorty claims that Derrida reduces philosophy to a production of private fantasies that do not have any political or epistemological relevance. Fabbri challenges such an aberrant appropriation by investigating the two key features of Rorty's privatization of deconstruction: the reduction of deconstructive writing to an example of merely autobiographical literature; and the idea that Derrida not only dismisses, but also mocks the desire to engage philosophy with political struggle. What is ultimately questioned in The Domestication of Derrida is the legitimacy of labelling deconstruction as a post-modern withdrawal from politics and theory. By discussing Derrida's resistance against the very possibility of theoretical and political ascetism, Fabbri shows that there is much more politics and philosophy in deconstruction than Rorty is willing to admit.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780826497789
ISBN-10: 0826497780
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 11mm)
Pages: 160
Imprint: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 8-Jun-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Lorenzo Fabbri

Lorenzo Fabbri teaches at the University of California, Irvine, USA.

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