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Reconsidering Difference: Nancy, Derrida, Levinas, Deleuze (Paperback)
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Reconsidering Difference: Nancy, Derrida, Levinas, Deleuze (Paperback)

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Paperback 224 Pages / Published: 01/07/1997
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French philosophy since World War II has been preoccupied with the issue of difference. For some thinkers, especially Jean-Luc Nancy, Jacques Derrida, Emmanuel Levinas, and Gilles Deleuze, this preoccupation has led to a mode of philosophizing that privileges difference as a philosophical category. Reconsidering Difference has a twofold task, the primary one critical and the secondary one reconstructive. The critical task is to show that these various privilegings are philosophical failures. They wind up, for reasons unique to each position, endorsing positions that are either incoherent or implausible. Todd May considers the incoherencies of each position and offers an alternative approach. His reconstructive task, which he calls "contingent holism, " takes the phenomena under investigationcommunity, language, ethics, and ontology - and sketches a way of reconceiving them that preserves the motivations of the rejected positions without falling into the problems that beset them.

Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press
ISBN: 9780271016580
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 367 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm


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"May is to be congratulated for writing a book that is easily accessible, comprehensive, and original."

--Evan Selinger, International Studies in Philosophy


"Todd May has written a daring book. With the analytic dexterity that we have come to expect of him, he undertakes here the sifting through of the main arguments offered on behalf of the philosophy of difference, the rejection of some and the acceptance of others, and the proposal of an alternative philosophical style--that of holism. This is a provocative book, erudite and committed, destined to stimulate discussion and debate."

--Constantin V. Boundas, Trent University

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