Understanding Poststructuralism

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2014-08-13
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Understanding Poststructuralism is a lucid guide to some of the most exciting and controversial ideas in contemporary thought. James Williams examines the key works of the movement's most important theorists - Foucault, Derrida, Kristeva, Lyotard, and Deleuze - providing detailed summaries of their main points and a critical analysis of their core arguments. In jargon-free prose, he explains such ideas as deconstruction, libidinal economics, genealogy, and transcendental empiricism in terms of their value to critical thinking and to contemporary issues. Although a sympathetic interpreter of poststructuralism, Williams does not dismiss the criticism of analytic philosophers but provides a much-needed balanced assessment of this movement.

Table of Contents

Introduction : what is poststructuralism?p. 1
Poststructuralism as deconstruction : Jacques Derrida's Of Grammatologyp. 25
Poststructuralism as philosophy of difference : Gilles Deleuze's Difference and Repetitionp. 53
Poststructuralism as philosophy of the event : Lyotard's Discours, figurep. 79
Poststructuralism, history, genealogy : Michel Foucault's The Archaeology of Knowledgep. 105
Poststructuralism, psychoanalysis, linguistics : Julia Kristeva's Revolution in Poetic Languagep. 133
Poststructuralism into the futurep. 153
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