PHI 312 - DERRIDA UN-LIMITED 

 

CONTEMPORARY EUROPEAN PHILOSOPHY

SPRING SEMESTER 2006

Prof. Hugh J. Silverman

 

Mondays & Wednesdays 5:20-6:40 p.m. / Chemistry 128

Office: Harriman Hall 203 - Office Telephone: (631) 632-7592; <hugh.silverman@stonybrook.edu>

Office Hours: Wednesdays - 3:00 - 5:00 and by appointment

FOCUS: Contemporary European thought as read through the writings and legacy of the French philosopher Jacques Derrida (1930-2004). Selected texts by Derrida in which he takes up the thought of recent European philosophers and writers including Husserl, Heidegger, de Saussure, Nietzsche, Freud, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, Foucault, Lacan, Levinas, Kristeva, and Nancy will constitute the focus of the course.. We will also consider interviews, autobiographical writings, and films in which Derrida comments upon his twentieth century philosophical predecessors and contemporaries.

PURPOSE: Designed as an introduction to Contemporary European Philosophy and to continental philosophy as a way of doing philosophy, this course will focus on the writings of Jacques Derrida and specifically those concerned with major European philosophers of the 19th and 20th centuries.

PREREQUISITES: Junior or Senior standing; at least two courses in Philosophy, Humanities, Comparative Literature, English, Languages, Art, or Music.

REQUIREMENTS: Each student will be expected to attend class regularly.  There will be a mid-term exam and a final exam. Throughout the semester, there will be a total of four 10-15 minute quizzes at the beginning of class (only three will count but students must take all four in order to have the lowest of the four dropped).  Also each student is to write one paper (about 5-7 pages in length). The paper should focus on how Derrida reads a particular philosopher, what strategies he uses to provide that reading, and in what way it is a "deconstruction" of the texts in question. The paper could also indicate how one might further this particular reading of the philosopher in question by appealing to comments that Derrida makes elsewhere.

GRADING: The mid-term, the paper, and the final exam will each count 25%. The 3 quizzes will be 15%.  The additional 10% will result from the quality (not quantity) of class participation and attendance.   Each student will be expected to read the material assigned for the indicated date and come prepared to discuss the texts in class.

COURSE ASSISTANTS:

 

CODES

TEXT

AUTHOR/EDITOR

DERRIDA READER

A DERRIDA READER

Ed. Peggy Kamuf

MARGINS

MARGINS OF PHILOSOPHY

Jacques Derrida

D&D

DERRIDA AND DECONSTRUCTION

Ed. Hugh J. Silverman

TEXTUALITIES

TEXTUALITIES: BETWEEN HERMENEUTICS AND DECONSTRUCTION

Hugh J. Silverman

 

DATE

TOPIC

READING

CH

TEXT

PUB. DATE

Jan. 23 & 25

 

INTRODUCTION

<Jacques Derrida and Deconstruction>

DERRIDA READER

& MARGINS

 

CH. 12

CH. 3

"Letter to a Japanes Friend"

"Difference" (full version in MARGINS)

[1968]

 

 

TEXTUALITIES*

CH. 1-5

 

 

Jan 30 & Feb. 1 

DERRIDA AND HUSSERL

<On Signs and Meaning>

DERRIDA READER

CH. 1

from SPEECH AND PHENOMENA

[1967]

 

 

MARGINS

 

"Form and Meaning"

[1967]

 

 

D & D*

CH. 8

on Derrida's Husserl

 

Feb. 6 & 8

 

DERRIDA AND HEIDEGGER

<On Being, Time, and Writing>

DERRIDA READER

CH. 2

from OF GRAMMATOLOGY

[1967]

 

 

MARGINS

 

"Ousia and Gramme"

[1968]

 

 

D & D*

CH. 9

on Derrida's Heidegger

 

Feb. 13 & 15

 

DERRIDA AND DE SAUSSURE

<On Meaning and Difference>

POSITIONS

 

 

"Semiology and Grammatology"

 

[1968]

 

 

MARGINS

 

"The Pit and the Pyramid: Hegel's Semiology"

[1968]

Feb. 20 & 22

 

DERRIDA AND FREUD / LACAN

<On Legacies and the Letter>

DERRIDA READER

CH. 21

 

 

"To Speculate -- On Freud"

[1980]

 

 

 

CH. 19

from "Le Facteur de la verite"

[1980]

 

 

 

CH 20

from "Envois"

[1980]

 

 

D & D*

CH. 7

on Derrida's Freud

 

Feb. 27 & Mar. 1

DERRIDA AND AUSTIN / SEARLE

<On Communication and Performativity>

 

MARGINS

 

"Signature Event Context"

[1972]

mid-term exam

 

 

 

 

 

Mar. 6 & 8

DERRIDA AND KANT / SARTRE / FOUCAULT

<On Ends>

 

MARGINS

 

"The Ends of Man"

[1972]

Mar 13 & 15

DERRIDA AND NIETZSCHE / HEIDEGGER

<On Style, Truth, and Sexual Difference>

SPURS: NIETZSCHE'S STYLES

 

 

 

[1974]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DERRIDA READER

CH. 18

from "Choreographies"

[1982]

 

 

DERRIDA READER

CH. 16

from "Geschlecht"

[1987]

 

 

D & D*

 

on Derrida's Nietzsche

 

Mar 20 & 22

DERRIDA AND HEIDEGGER

<On Being, Spirit, and Specters>

OF SPIRIT:

HEIDEGGER AND THE QUESTION

 

 

[1987]

 

 

DERRIDA READER

CH. 13

from "Restitutions"

 

Mar 27 & 29

 

DERRIDA AND LEVINAS

<On Time, Place, and Identity>

DERRIDA READER

CH. 17

from "At this Very Moment..."

[1987]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apr. 3 & 5

DERRIDA AND LEVINAS

<On Time, Place, and Identity>

ADIEU TO EMMANUEL LEVINAS

 

 

[1997]

paper due

 

D & D*

CH. 11

on Derrida's Levinas

 

Apr. 10 & 12

SPRING RECESS

 

 

 

 

Apr. 17 & 19

 

DERRIDA, MERLEAU-PONTY, AND NANCY

<On Touching and the Body>

ON TOUCHING--JEAN-LUC NANCY

 

 

[2000]

Apr. 24 & 26

DERRIDA, MERLEAU-PONTY, AND NANCY

<On Touching and the Body>

ON TOUCHING--JEAN-LUC NANCY

 

 

 

May 1 & 3

DERRIDA

AND THE FUTURES OF

CONTINENTAL PHILOSOPHY

ON TOUCHING--JEAN-LUC NANCY

 

 

 

May 10-16

WEEK OF FINAL EXAMS

MAY 10 FINAL EXAM

5:00 7:30 P.M.

 

 

 

 PHI 312 - DERRIDA UN-LIMITED 

CONTEMPORARY EUROPEAN PHILOSOPHY

TEXTS FOR THE COURSE

Prof. Hugh J. Silverman

REQUIRED:  

Derrida,  Jacques

ed. Peggy Kamuf

A Derrida Reader:

Between the Blinds

Columbia University Press

 

Derrida,  Jacques

Margins of Philosophy

University of Chicago Press

Derrida,  Jacques

Positions

University of Chicago Press

Derrida,  Jacques

Spurs : Nietzsche's Styles/Eperons: Les Styles de Nietzsche

University of Chicago Press

Derrida,  Jacques

Of Spirit : Heidegger and the Question

University of Chicago Press

Derrida,  Jacques

Adieu to Emmanuel Levinas

Stanford University Press

Derrida,  Jacques

On Touching Jean-luc Nancy

Stanford University Press

RECOMMENDED: 

Derrida,  Jacques / Geoffrey Bennington

Jacques Derrida  (Circumfessions)

University of Chicago Press

Silverman, Hugh J. (ed)

Derrida and Deconstruction

Routledge

Silverman, Hugh J.

Textualities: Between Hermeneutics and Deconstructionrmeneutics and Deconstruction

Routledge

 

Books have been ordered at both Stonybooks (bookstore) and the University Bookstore. Both A DERRIDA READER and MARGINS OF PHILOSOPHY are already available at Stonybooks.