Derrida and Husserl: The Basic Problem of Phenomenology by Leonard Lawlor

By Leonard Lawlor

Leonard Lawlor investigates Derrida's writings on Husserl to be able to make sure Derrida's transformation of the fundamental challenge of phenomenology from genesis to language. to take action, he lays out a story of the interval within which Derrida committed himself to formulating and interpretation of Husserl, from nearly 1954 to 1967. at the foundation of the narrative, sure renowned Derridean innovations are made up our minds (in relation basically to Husserl's phenomenology): deconstruction, the metaphysics of presence, distinction (and Derrida's preliminary thought of dialectic), the hint, and spectrality. what's the nature of the connection of Jacques Derrida and deconstruction to Edmund Husserl and phenomenology? Is deconstruction an intensive departure from phenomenology or does it hint its origins to the phenomenological venture? In Derrida and Husserl, Leonard Lawlor illuminates Husserl's effect at the French philosophical culture which impressed Derrida's inspiration. starting with Eugen Fink's pivotal essay on Husserl's philosophy, Lawlor conscientiously reconstructs the conceptual context during which Derrida built his interpretation of Husserl. Lawlor's investigations of the paintings of Jean Cavaillos, Tran-Duc-Thao, Jean Hyppolite, in addition to fresh texts by way of Derrida, display the intensity of Derrida's courting to Husserl's phenomenology. alongside the best way, Lawlor revisits and sheds gentle at the beginning of many very important Derridean options, reminiscent of deconstruction, the metaphysics of presence, distinction, intentionality, the hint, and spectrality. atmosphere the tone and course for brand spanking new methods to Derrida, this groundbreaking paintings can be crucial studying for an individual drawn to phenomenology, French philosophy, and the catalysts of Derrida's distinctive considering.

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For Derrida, in this essay, there are four such characteristics, all of which focus on a certain kind of difference. First, there is the difference between wisdom and knowledge that Husserl develops in his criticisms of Dilthey’s thought. As is well known and as Derrida recounts here, Dilthey attempts to use ¤nite or factual totalities in order to account for all cultural productions, including philosophy (ED 237/160). Yet, as Husserl stresses, The Critique of Phenomenology 27 such structures miss truth or knowledge in its very meaning.

3 As Derrida says, “this logos which calls itself and calls to itself as telos, and whose dynamis tends towards its energia or entelechia—this logos does not occur in history and does not traverse being as a foreign empiricity into which both its metaphysical transcendence and the actuality of its in¤nite essence would descend and condescend” (ED 249/166). Inversely however, while the logos depends on being, Derrida stresses, being depends on the logos for its sense (ED 249/166). Without this irreal difference between sense and being, existence would be without any order; it would be merely chaos, merely wild.

A wild genesis” (ED 232/157). Being essentially internal to history and yet, somehow, prescribed to it from the outside, this telos would allow Husserl to reappropriate a genesis which “seemed to accommodate itself less and less to phenomenological apriorism and to transcendental idealism” (ED 232/157). Husserl, therefore, seems to respond to the debate’s incompleteness with a decision, a decision through which phenomenology would relapse into dogmatic metaphysics, into “dialectic,” at least in the sense that Husserl always sought to ascribe to it.

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