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The title Body and Story refers to the division of categories which establishes one axis of this book: that which lies between the world understood in corporeal or material terms and the world understood as text. Richard Terdiman studies this contest between bodies and language--epistemological foundations for the Enlightenment and Postmodernity respectively--through the works of eighteenth-century encyclopedist Denis Diderot and of contemporary philosopher-icon Jacques Derrida. Terdiman argues that despite their very real and irreconcilable opposition, a constant negotiation or mutual interrogation has always taken place between these two domains of theory, even as the balance at times shifts to one side or the other. In analyzing these shifts at the center of the past few centuries' evolving understanding of human experience, he seeks also to develop a new model for understanding how theories can and do legitimately coexist in our intellectual conception of the world, and to offer a new ethics for managing this coexistence.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780801885433
ISBN-10: 0801885434
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Pages: 284
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 6-Oct-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Richard Terdiman

Richard Terdiman is a professor of literature and the history of consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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