"The Verge of Philosophy" is both an exploration of the limits of philosophy and a memorial for John Sallis' longtime friend and interlocutor Jacques Derrida. The centerpiece of the book is an extended examination of three sites in Derrida's thought: his interpretation of Heidegger regarding the privileging of the question; his account of the Platonic figure of the good; and his interpretation of Plato's discourse on the crucial notion of the chora, the originating space of the universe. Sallis' reflections are given added weight - even poignancy - by his discussion of his many public and private philosophical conversations with Derrida over the decades of their friendship. This volume thus simultaneously serves to mourn and remember a friend and to push forward the deeply searching discussions that lay at the very heart of that friendship.
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Number of pages: 168
Weight: 226 g
Dimensions: 215 x 138 x 12 mm
"All of John Sallis's work is essential, but this book in particular is remarkable.... Sallis shows better than anyone I have ever read what it means to practice philosophy on the verge." - Walter Brogan, Villanova University "Sallis has written a unique work that combines philosophical analysis with a heartfelt reflection on his friendship with Derrida." - Library Journal"