Derrida and the Inheritance of Democracy

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Indiana University Press, May 27, 2013 - Philosophy - 192 pages

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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Contents

Derridas Legacies
1
The Structure of Aporia
7
Derridean Inheritance
23
Inheriting Democracy to Come
45
Questioning Normativity
73
Politics of Friendship as Democratic Inheritance
100
Inheriting Birth
119
Inheriting Derridas Legacies
140
Notes
143
Works Cited
167
Index
175
About the Author
179
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Samir Haddad is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University.

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