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System and Writing in the Philosophy of Jacques Derrida

The Ethics of Writing : Derrida, Deconstruction, and Pedagogy (Culture and Education Series) The Ethics of Writing : Derrida, Deconstruction, and Pedagogy (Culture and Education Series) by Peter Pericles Trifonas

This book is a study of Jacques Derrida's "educational texts": that is, those writings most explicitly concerned with the ethics and politics of the historico-philosophical structures constituting the scene of teaching. The book engages those aspects of Derrida's work on the institution of education, especially as it relates to the philosopher's association with the GREPH (Groupe de Recherches sur l'Enseignement Philosophiques) and the public movement to protect the teaching of philosophy in France. The book addresses the importance of deconstruction as a means of carrying out analyses of pedagogical institutions and structures for the purpose of achieving ethical reforms of educational policy and curricular initiatives. More specifically, the text examines how deconstruction allows us to rethink the socio-historical and ethico-philosophical aspects of pedagogical practices and policies, including pedagogical theories that have had direct bearing on the ethical and cultural ideals forming the reason of Western educational systems and the exclusion of its "others".

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Jacques Derrida Online

Part of "Writing in Reserve: Deconstruction on the Net." Includes the Derrida archive from discussions in a related "Fanzine" as well as a large bibliography that is still in progress.

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there isn't much biographical data aside from the born on stamp in the encyclopedias. i find that information worthless and vapid anyway. what i do know about m. derrida is that he was named jackie, not jacques (he changed it later). he spent his formative years in algeria, not france (huge difference). that his family is Jewish (in a 'banal' way, he says). i like to know these parts of his history because they tell me more about the person, rather than the entity. this is not a big shocker, but you know, stating the obvious is sometimes constructive...


Derrida Listserve

An E-conference devoted to a discussion of Jacques Derrida and deconstruction.


Villanova Conversations

Villanova University, October 3, 1994. Roundtable Discussion with  Jacques Derrida.


Question: Perhaps we can start today's discussions by talking about what we are in fact doing here now at this moment, which is this event being held to inaugurate an academic program in philosophy. That is a rich event and it suggests a lot of things and things that in many ways over the years you have been addressing in your work. Many people whose impression of deconstruction has come from public media might think that this is an odd thing for you to do, as in this country one thinks of deconstruction as the end of philosophy and here we are beginning something new in philosophy, and many associate deconstruction with a kind of destructive attitude towards texts and traditions and truth and the most honorable needs of the philosophical heritage. Furthermore, there are people who might think that deconstruction would be the enemy of academic progress; that you can't institutionalize deconstruction, that deconstruction resists the very idea of institutions, is anti-institutional, that it resists academic programs, it deconstructs them, it knocks them down, it can't accommodate itself to institutionality. Finally, you have often spoken about the very notion of the irruption of something new, and we are trying today to irrupt, and we would be interested to know what your reflections are on the inaugural moment.  


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