Derrida and the Inheritance of Democracy

Derrida and the Inheritance of Democracy

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Derrida and the Inheritance of Democracy provides a theoretically rich and accessible account of Derrida's political philosophy. Demonstrating the key role inheritance plays in Derrida's thinking, Samir Haddad develops a general theory of inheritance and shows how it is essential to democratic action. He transforms Derrida's well-known idea of "democracy to come" into active engagement with democratic traditions. Haddad focuses on issues such as hospitality, justice, normativity, violence, friendship, birth, and the nature of democracy as he reads these deeply political writings.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 14mm | 431g
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253008360
  • 9780253008367

Table of contents

List of Abbreviations

Introduction: Derrida's Legacies

1. The Structure of Aporia

2. Derridean Inheritance

3. Inheriting Democracy to Come

4. Questioning Normativity

5. Politics of Friendship as Democratic Inheritance

6. Inheriting Birth

Conclusion: Inheriting Derrida's Legacies



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Review quote

Derrida and the Inheritance of Democracy is an excellent book, advancing an original, thoughtprovoking thesis about one of the most important ideas in the later Derrida's political philosophy. Haddad's argumentation is extraordinarily clear throughout-which is no small feat for a text on Derrida-and grounded in a thorough knowledge of the relevant literature. This book should be accessible to graduate students, although probably not to most undergraduate students. I would recommend it strongly to anyone interested in the later Derrida or in contemporary political philosophy. * SCTIW Review * [A] highly valuable, probing, and critical discussion of normativity in relation to democratic inheritance. For those interested in deconstructive ethics and politics, this is an indispensable book. * Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews * [T]he readers of this book will gain significant insight into the Derrida's paradoxical notion of the inheritance of a democracy to come. Haddad's book should therefore be considered an authoritative text on Derrida and democratic theory. * Canadian Society for Continental Philosophy *
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About Samir Haddad

Samir Haddad is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University.
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