Derrida (PHIL 7229)
Fordham University, Spring 2014
Professor: Samir Haddad
Office: Collins Hall 110
Class Times: Thursday, 2:30-4:30, in the Collins Hall conference room.
Description: This course aims to provide a survey of Jacques Derrida's writings, early through late. We will begin with a selection of Derrida's works from the late 1960s, focusing in particular on his deconstruction of the speech/writing distinction, his notion of différance, and his engagement with the traditional understanding of time. Next we will follow a sequence of texts on the concept of foundation, beginning with Derrida's reading of Austin's speech act theory, passing through some of his writings on education, and culminating in his work on law and justice. Finally, we will read some of Derrida's texts on the gift, forgiveness, and hospitality.
Texts: Available at the bookstore:
Derrida, Dissemination, trans. Barbara Johnson, University of Chicago Press, 1981.
Derrida, Given Time 1: Counterfeit Money, trans. Peggy Kamuf, University of Chicago Press, 1991.
Derrida, Of Hospitality, trans. Rachel Bowlby, Stanford University Press, 2000
All other assigned readings will be available on Blackboard.
Assessment: Weekly response
Weekly response: Each week you are required to email me a response to the reading by 9am
Thursday. This can be of any length.
Research Paper: A 16-20 page paper due at the end of the semester.
Tentative Schedule (subject to modification):
January 16 Introduction
Excerpt from "Positions"
"Choosing One's Heritage" in For What Tomorrow
23 "Plato's Pharmacy" Part I, in Dissemination
Plato, Phaedrus, esp. 274b-279c
30 "Plato's Pharmacy" Part II, in Dissemination
Plato, Phaedrus, esp. 274b-279c
February 6 "Writing and Man's Exploitation by Man" and "That Dangerous Supplement" in Of Grammatology, pp. 118-164
13 "Différance" in Margins of Philosophy
"The Original Discussion of 'Différance'" in Wood and Bernasconi (eds.) Derrida and Différance
20 “Ousia and Grammē”, in Margins of Philosophy
Heidegger, Being and Time, §§6, 81-83 (pp. 19-27, 420-437)
Aristotle, Physics,IV 10-14
Kant, Critique of Pure Reason, Sec 2 of the Trans. Aesthetic (pp. B46-B58)
Hegel, Philosophy of Nature, §§253-259 (pp. 28-40)
27 "Signature Event Context" in Margins of Philosophy
Austin, from How to Do Things with Words, pp. 1-24, 94-108, 133-147
Selections from "Limited Inc. a, b, c…" in Limited Inc
March 6 "Declarations of Independence" in Negotiations
"Otobiographies" in The Ear of the Other
Nietzsche, from The Future of Our Educational Institutions
13 "Mochlos, or the Conflict of the Faculties" in The Eyes of the University: Right to Philosophy 2
Kant, from "The Conflict of the Faculties"
"The Laws of Reflection" in Psyche: Inventions of the Other
20 No class - Spring Break
27 "Force of Law: The 'Mystical Foundation of Authority" in Acts of Religion
Benjamin, "Critique of Violence"
April 3 Given Time: 1. Counterfeit Money, Chapters 1-2
Mauss, from The Gift
10 Given Time: 1. Counterfeit Money, Chapters 3-4
17 No class - Easter Break
24 "To Forgive: The Unforgivable and the Imprescriptible" in Caputo et al. (eds.) Questioning God.
"On Forgiveness: A Roundtable Discussion with Jacques Derrida" in Caputo et al. (eds.) Questioning God.
May 1 Of Hospitality
8 "Hostipitality", in Acts of Religion