The Tain of the Mirror: Derrida and the Philosophy of Reflection

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Harvard University Press, 1986 - Literary Criticism - 348 pages
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Deconstruction is no game of mirrors, revealing the text as a play of surface against surface. Its more radical philosophical effort is to get behind the mirror and question the very nature of reflection. The Tain of the Mirror (tain names the tinfoil, or lusterless back of the mirror) explores that gritty surface without which no reflection would be possible. Rodolphe Gasché does what no one has done before in many discussions of Derrida, namely to tie his work in an authoritative way to its origins in the history of the criticism of reflexivity.
 

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This challenging, difficult book will be accessible only to those familiar with phenomenology and continental philosophy, as well as the history of philosophy back to the ancients. Gasche demonstrates ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Defining Reflection
13
The Philosophy of Reflection
23
The SelfDestruction of Reflection
35
Identity Totality and Mystic Rapture
55
The Interlacings of Heterology
79
Abbau Destruktion Deconstruction
109
Deconstructive Methodology
121
Literature in Parentheses
255
The Inscription of Universality
271
Notes
321
Bibliography
336
Index
343
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Rodolphe Gasché is the Eugenio Donato Professor of Comparative Literature at the State University of New York, Buffalo.

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