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Offers a positive new method of the talk among hermeneutics and deconstruction.

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Written within the aftermath of the deaths of the French philosophers Jacques Derrida (1930-2004) and Paul Ricoeur (1913-2005), this publication is a crucial and leading edge examine of the contentious relation among deconstruction and hermeneutics. supplying shut readings of Derrida's and Ricoeur's writings on phenomenology, psychoanalysis, structuralist linguistics, and Levinasian ethics, Eftichis Pirovolakis introduces the motif of "improbable encounters," and explicates why the 2 thinkers can be acknowledged to be at the same time just about one another and separated via an unbridgeable abyss. Pirovolakis complicates any facile contrast among those activities, that are of the main influential streams of continental concept, and questions a undeniable pathos with recognize to the space keeping apart them. Pirovolakis additionally interprets Derrida's short tribute to Ricoeur: "The notice: Giving, Naming, Calling," which looks right here in English for the 1st time. The e-book is vital analyzing for an individual immersed in continental philosophy or literary theory.

"Eftichis Pirovolakis's ebook offers an invaluably meticulous, well-documented and even-handed account of the `encounters' among Derrida and Ricoeur. by way of concentrating rigorously on very particular issues of distinction among them, he explores the disconcerting good judgment of sameness and distinction with nice subtlety, and is helping us reconsider the relation among hermeneutics and deconstruction." --Geoffrey Bennington, Asa G. Candler Professor of contemporary French proposal, Emory University

"Reading Derrida and Ricoeur is a superb publication. Pirovolakis takes up not just the difficulty of language in Derrida and Ricoeur, but in addition that of alterity. it's a complete and enlightening examine. actually, i believe not anyone has shed extra mild at the relation among Ricoeur and Derrida than Pirovolakis." --Leonard Lawlor, Sparks Professor of Philosophy, Penn country college

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On the other hand, secondary remembrance or memory refers to a distant past that has no foothold in the present. Husserl deploys the example of a melody recently heard at a concert: whereas retention takes place for as long as the melody lasts and when it has just stopped, memory begins a while after the melody has ended. 18 Reading Derrida and Ricoeur After the event recalled has finished, one’s memory aims to do no more than reproduce it. When one tries to remember it, the melody is “no longer ‘produced’ but ‘reproduced,’ no longer presented (in the sense of the extended present) but ‘re-presented’ (Repräsentation or Vergegenwärtigung)” (TN, 3:32).

On the contrary, it is grounded, as is clear from the first lines of the discussion of Kant’s approach, in Husserl’s failure to acknowledge the irreducibility of certain temporal a priori: I want to find in Kant the reason for the repeated borrowings made by the phenomenology of internal time-consciousness with respect to the structure of objective time, which this phenomenology claims not only to bracket but actually to constitute. In this regard, what the Kantian method refutes are not Husserl’s phenomenological analyses themselves but their claim to be free of any reference to an 22 Reading Derrida and Ricoeur objective time and to attain, through direct reflection, a temporality purified of any transcendent intention.

Firstly, the term barrier is instrumental in distancing Freud and Ricoeur from Husserl’s emphasis on the transparency of a sovereign consciousness. Doesn’t “barrier,” by opposing the unconscious to consciousness and by allowing for a necessary and anterior non-presence, make Ricoeur impervious to any criticism of solipsism, subjectivism, or subscription to the immediacy of a perceptual present? “Barrier” indicates the separation of two realms determined reciprocally and in opposition to each other.

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