9780804742436

On Touching

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  • ISBN13:

    9780804742436

  • ISBN10:

    080474243X

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2005-08-16
  • Publisher: Stanford Univ Pr
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Summary

Using the philosophy of Jean-Luc Nancy as an anchoring point, Jacques Derrida in this book conducts a profound review of the philosophy of the sense of touch, from Plato and Aristotle to Jean-Luc Nancy, whose ground-breaking bookCorpushe discusses in detail. Emmanuel Levinas, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Edmund Husserl, Didier Franck, Martin Heidegger, Francoise Dastur, and Jean-Louis Chretien are discussed, as are Rene Descartes, Diderot, Maine de Biran, Felix Ravaisson, Immanuel Kant, Sigmund Freud, and others. The scope of Derrida's deliberations makes this book a virtual encyclopedia of the philosophy of touch (and the body). Derrida gives special consideration to the thinking of touch in Christianity and, in discussing Jean-Luc Nancy's essay "Deconstruction of Christianity," devotes a section of the book to the sense of touch in the Gospels. Another section concentrates on "the flesh," as treated by Merleau-Ponty and others in his wake. Derrida's critique of intuitionism, notably in the phenomenological tradition, is one of the guiding threads of the book. On Touchingincludes a wealth of notes that provide an extremely useful bibliographical resource. Personal and detached all at once, this book, one of the first published in English translation after Jacques Derrida's death, serves as a useful and poignant retrospective on the work of the philosopher. A tribute by Jean-Luc Nancy, written a day after Jacques Derrida's death, is an added feature.

Author Biography

Jacques Derrida (1930-2004) was Director of Studies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and Professor of Humanities at the University of California, Irvine. Among the most recent of his many books to have been translated into English are Rogues (2005), Eyes of the University (2004), For What Tomorrow... with Elisabeth Roudinesco (2004), Counterpath with Catherine Malabou (2004), Negotiations (2002), Who’s Afraid of Philosophy? (2002), and Without Alibi (2002). All of these have been published by the Stanford University Press.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Translator's Preface xi
``When our eyes touch. . .''
1(10)
Signing a Question---from Aristotle
PART I: THIS IS---OF THE OTHER
Psyche
11(9)
``Around her, with such exact and cruel knowledge''
Spacings
20(16)
The Incommensurable, Syncope, and Words Beginning with `ex-'
This Is My Body
36(30)
Points Already: Counterpoint, Mourning Psyche, and the Hand of. . .
The Untouchable, or the Vow of Abstinence
66(26)
The Exorbitant, I---Tact ``beyond the possible''---Stroking, Striking, Thinking, Weighing: Mourning Eros and the Other Hand of. . .
Tender
92(19)
This Is My Heart, ``the heart of another''
Nothing to Do in Sight: ``There's no `the' sense of touch''
111(24)
Haptics, `techne,' or Body Ecotechnics
PART II: EXEMPLARY STORIES OF THE ``FLESH''
Tangent I
135(24)
Hand of Man, Hand of God
Tangent II
159(24)
``For example, my hand''---``The hand itself''---``For example, the finger''---``For example, `I feel my heart'''
Tangent III
183(33)
The Exorbitant, 2, ``Crystallization of the impossible'': ``Flesh,'' and, again, ``For example, my hand''
Tangent IV
216(28)
Tangency and Contingency, I: The ``question of technics'' and the ``aporias'' of Flesh, ``(contact, at bottom)''
Tangent V
244(21)
Tangency and Contingency, 2: ``The `merciful hand of the Father,' with which he thus touches us, is the Son. . . the Word that is `the touch that touches the Soul' (toque de la Divinidad. . . el toque que toca al alma)''
PART III: PUNCTUATIONS: ``AND YOU.''
``To self-touch you''
265(16)
Touching---Language and the Heart
``And to you.'' The Incalculable
281(36)
Exactitude, Punctuality, Punctuation
Salve
300(13)
Untimely Postscript, for Want of a Final Retouch
Xαιρε
Salut to you, salut to the blind we become
313(4)
Jean-Luc Nancy
Notes 317(58)
Index of Names 375

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