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The Beast and the Sovereign

Volume I (The Seminars of Jaques Derrida)

By Jacques Derrida, Geoffrey Bennington (Translated by)

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Format: Paperback, 463 pages
Published In: United States, 09 December 2011
When he died in 2004, Jacques Derrida left behind a vast legacy of unpublished material, much of it in the form of written lectures. With "The Beast and the Sovereign, Volume I", the University of Chicago Press inaugurated an ambitious series, edited by Geoffrey Bennington and Peggy Kamuf, translating these important works into English. This volume, now in paperback, launched the series with Derrida's exploration of the persistent association of animality with sovereignty. "The Beast and The Sovereign" are connected, he contends, because neither animals nor kings are subject to the law - the sovereign stands above it, while the beast falls outside the law from below. An astonishing array of texts - from La Fontaine's fable "The Wolf and the Lamb" to Machiavelli's "Prince" - come into critical play as Derrida focuses in on questions of force, right, justice, and philosophical interpretations of the limits between man and animal.

About the Author

Jacques Derrida (1930-2004) was director of studies at the Ecole des hautes etudes en sciences sociales, Paris, and professor of humanities at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of many books published by the University of Chicago Press. Geoffrey Bennington is the Asa G. Candler Professor of Modern French Thought at Emory University and the author of numerous works, including Interrupting Derrida.


"What Derrida accomplishes in this, his final seminar, is remarkable because it goes to the very heart of his lifelong project of deconstructing the logocentric bias of Western thinking." (Choice) "What this first volume... provides beyond its treatment of the fascinatingly intricate literary and philosophical motifs of bestiality and sovereignty is a vivid attestation to the experience of Derrida as a teacher - the quality of his attention, the tone and rhythm of his voice, his means of sparking his students' capacities to read and think." (Times Literary Supplement)"

EAN: 9780226144290
ISBN: 0226144291
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Dimensions: 22.61 x 15.24 x 2.29 centimetres (0.50 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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