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Deconstructing the Death Penalty: Derrida's Seminars and the New Abolitionism

Kelly Oliver and Stephanie Straub (eds)

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780823280100
eISBN:
9780823281541
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823280100.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This volume represents the first collection of essays devoted exclusively to Jacques Derrida's Death Penalty Seminars, conducted from 1999 to 2001. The volume includes essays from a range of scholars ... More


Giving Beyond the Gift: Apophasis and Overcoming Theomania

Elliot R. Wolfson

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780823255702
eISBN:
9780823260911
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823255702.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

The book explores the codependency of monotheism and idolatry by examining the thought of several prominent twentieth-century Jewish philosophers—Hermann Cohen, Martin Buber, Franz Rosenzweig, and ... More


Technologies of Life and Death: From Cloning to Capital Punishment

Kelly Oliver

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780823251087
eISBN:
9780823253036
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823251087.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Debates over cloning and genetic engineering often revolve around the question of sovereignty and who has the right to choose. Debates over capital punishment revolve around questions of the ... More


How Critics Became Smart

Jeffrey J. Williams

in How to Be an Intellectual: Essays on Criticism, Culture, and the University

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780823263806
eISBN:
9780823266432
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823263806.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter traces the history of judgment in academic criticism. It does so through keywords that critics used, from "sound" to "intelligence" to "rigor" to "smart." The current popularity of smart ... More


Bellwether:: J. Hillis Miller

Jeffrey J. Williams

in How to Be an Intellectual: Essays on Criticism, Culture, and the University

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780823263806
eISBN:
9780823266432
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823263806.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter profiles J. Hillis Miller, a major American critic of Victorian and modern literature and a major advocate of deconstruction in literary criticism. It draws on an in-depth interview and ... More


Miracle and Machine: Jacques Derrida and the Two Sources of Religion, Science, and the Media

Michael Naas

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780823239979
eISBN:
9780823240012
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823239979.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

Miracle & Machine is, in a first moment, a sort of “reader’s guide” to Jacques Derrida’s 1994–5 essay “Faith and Knowledge,” Derrida’s most important work on the nature of religion in general and on ... More


“What is Happening Today in Deconstruction”

Kevin Newmark

in Irony on Occasion: From Schlegel and Kierkegaard to Derrida and de Man

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780823240128
eISBN:
9780823240166
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823240128.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

“Deconstruction” shares with “irony” at least one irreducible feature: in both cases, it is difficult, perhaps impossible, to formalize a definition that would not by the same token disfigure beyond ... More


Signs of the Times: Nietzsche, Deconstruction, and the Truth of History

Kevin Newmark

in Irony on Occasion: From Schlegel and Kierkegaard to Derrida and de Man

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780823240128
eISBN:
9780823240166
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823240128.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Today's university occupies a site delicately poised between intellectual, institutional, economic, juridical, ideological and political values. The precariousness of its situation can be gauged at ... More


Giorgio Agamben: Beyond the Threshold of Deconstruction

Kevin Attell

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780823262045
eISBN:
9780823266319
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823262045.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This book traces Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben's engagement with deconstructive thought from his early work to the present, showing how consistently and closely Agamben takes up (critically, ... More


Living Together: Jacques Derrida's Communities of Violence and Peace

Elisabeth Weber (ed.)

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780823249923
eISBN:
9780823252626
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823249923.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

For Jacques Derrida, the notions and experiences of “community,” “living,” “together” never ceased to harbor radical interrogations. The often anguished question of how to “live together” moved ... More


Secrecy of the Gift and the Gift of Secrecy

Elliot R. Wolfson

in Giving Beyond the Gift: Apophasis and Overcoming Theomania

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780823255702
eISBN:
9780823260911
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823255702.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter analyzes the nexus of secrecy, the gift, and the apophatic in the thought of Derrida. Many scholars have weighed in on these themes, but I will reexamine them from the particular ... More


Introduction: From Capital Punishment to Abolitionism: Deconstructing the Death Penalty

Stephanie M. Straub

in Deconstructing the Death Penalty: Derrida's Seminars and the New Abolitionism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780823280100
eISBN:
9780823281541
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823280100.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

The introduction locates Derrida's philosophical project within wider developments in philosophy, death penalty abolition, and prison abolition, making a case for the unique value of his work in the ... More


Beginning with Literature

Peggy Kamuf

in Deconstructing the Death Penalty: Derrida's Seminars and the New Abolitionism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780823280100
eISBN:
9780823281541
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823280100.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter takes up Derrida’s proposition in The Death Penalty, Volume I, that by definition the death penalty must be visible to an eye witness and the state “must see die the condemned one.” The ... More


A New Primal Scene: Derrida and the Scene of Execution

Elizabeth Rottenberg

in Deconstructing the Death Penalty: Derrida's Seminars and the New Abolitionism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780823280100
eISBN:
9780823281541
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823280100.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter will explore a phantasm that lies at the heart of both Derrida's and Foucault's analyses of the death penalty. While Derrida’s theoretical questions are and remain very different from ... More


Always the Other Who Decides: On Sovereignty, Psychoanalysis, and the Death Penalty

Michael Naas

in Deconstructing the Death Penalty: Derrida's Seminars and the New Abolitionism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780823280100
eISBN:
9780823281541
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823280100.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter elucidates Derrida's utilization of psychoanalytic discourse throughout the Death Penalty Seminars. The chapter argues that Derrida's formulation of sovereign power is derived chiefly ... More


The Death Penalty and Its Exceptions

Christina Howells

in Deconstructing the Death Penalty: Derrida's Seminars and the New Abolitionism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780823280100
eISBN:
9780823281541
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823280100.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter examines volume 1 of Derrida’s 1999 – 2000 Seminars on La Peine de Mort in conjunction with Force de Loi (1994), Politiques de l’amitié (1994) and Voyous (2003). Derrida’s explicit ... More


Derrida at Montaigne: A Stay of Execution

Katie Chenoweth

in Deconstructing the Death Penalty: Derrida's Seminars and the New Abolitionism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780823280100
eISBN:
9780823281541
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823280100.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter focuses on the Eleventh Session of Derrida’s Death Penalty seminar. In this session Derrida pauses in his readings of post-Enlightenment abolitionist discourse to turn to the Essais of ... More


“Bidding Up” on the Question of Sovereignty: Derrida between Kant and Benjamin

Kir Kuiken

in Deconstructing the Death Penalty: Derrida's Seminars and the New Abolitionism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780823280100
eISBN:
9780823281541
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823280100.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter interrogates the logic that Derrida identifies in the Death Penalty seminars and elsewhere as a logic of “surenchère” or “bidding-up.” This logic characterizes the development of the ... More


Calculus

Kas Saghafi

in Deconstructing the Death Penalty: Derrida's Seminars and the New Abolitionism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780823280100
eISBN:
9780823281541
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823280100.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

In the second volume of The Death Penalty Seminars Derrida establishes a relation between capital punishment and reason itself, declaring that the question of the death penalty is also the question ... More


A Proper Death: Penalties, Animals, and the Law

Nicole Anderson

in Deconstructing the Death Penalty: Derrida's Seminars and the New Abolitionism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780823280100
eISBN:
9780823281541
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823280100.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

In The Death Penalty I, Derrida elucidates Kant’s support of the death penalty as that which “marks the access to what is proper to man and to the dignity of reason or of human logos and nomos.” ... More


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