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Derrida's Of Grammatology

An Edinburgh Philosophical Guide

Arthur Bradley

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Everything you need to know about Derrida's Of Grammatology in one volume. Jacques Derrida was one of the most famous and influential philosophers of the later twentieth century. First published in 1967, Of Grammatology is his best known text, introducing many fundamental concepts relating to linguistics and writing which he would develop in his later work. This book provides a commentary on Of Grammatology that can be read alongside - rather than instead of - the text itself by students encountering Derrida for the first time.

Contents

Contents
Series Editor's Preface
Acknowledgements
Note on texts
Introduction
1. Historical context
2. A Guide to the Text

The beginning of writing
Saussure, writing and the trace
Lévi-Strauss and the violence of the letter
Rousseau: the logic of the supplement

Rousseau and the origin(s) of language
Conclusion
3. Study Aids

Glossary
Further reading

Answering essay and examination questions
Bibliography
Index

About the Author

Arthur Bradley is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at Lancaster University.

Reviews

An excellent and stimulating guide that offers a remarkably clear and thorough explanation of the argument and vocabulary of Of Grammatology. Bradley succeeds admirably in the difficult task of rendering Derrida's text accessible whilst communicating effectively something of its uncanny nature and radical challenge to ingrained notions of the nature and task of reading and interpretation. A remarkable achievement that will be of huge benefit to students coming to Derrida's daunting text for the first time.
- Dr Jim Urpeth, University of Greenwich

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