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Not Half No End

Militantly Melancholic Essays in Memory of Jacques Derrida

Geoffrey Bennington

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Gathers Bennington’s essays since the death of his friend Jacques Derrida in 2004

These 16 continue the work of elucidating Derrida's difficult and complex thought, often with reference to his persistent interrogation of the concepts of life and death, mourning and melancholia, and what he sometimes calls 'half-mourning'. Bennington relates these to the core concepts in Derrida's work: deconstruction and différance. Derrida's suspension of the end – in différance, in death – has wide-ranging consequences for our thinking and how we attempt to categorise that thinking, whether as epistemological, ethical, political, aesthetic.

Not Half No End moves through Derrida's rich and varied corpus in a weave of styles, from the expository and analytical to the autobiographical and confessional, in the ongoing process of deconstruction.

Key Features

  • The first consideration of Derrida's legacy by one of his co-authors
  • Expanded readings of Derrida's late texts

About the Author

Geoffrey Bennington is Asa G Candler Professor of Modern French Thought at Emory University. He is the author and translator of numerous books and articles on literary and philosophical issues, and translator of many texts by Jacques Derrida and other French thinkers. His books include Late Lyotard (2005), Deconstruction is Not What You Think…(2005), Interrupting Derrida (2000) and, with Jacques Derrida, Jacques Derrida (1991).

Reviews

Bennington (Emory) brings together 15 essays and meditations conceived as works of mourning after Derrida's death in october 2004. The various tones and differing occasions that characterize them display the range of Bennington's skill as theorist and essayist. The effect is powerful and engaging ... Essential.

- N. Lukacher, University of Illinois at Chicago

Bennington (Emory) brings together 15 essays and meditations conceived as works of mourning after Derrida's death in october 2004. The various tones and differing occasions that characterize them display the range of Bennington's skill as theorist and essayist. The effect is powerful and engaging ... Essential.

- N. Lukacher, University of Illinois at Chicago, Choice

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