Eco-Deconstruction: Derrida and Environmental Philosophy

Eco-Deconstruction: Derrida and Environmental Philosophy

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Eco-Deconstruction marks a new approach to the degradation of the natural environment, including habitat loss, species extinction, and climate change. While the work of French philosopher Jacques Derrida (1930–2004), with its relentless interrogation of the anthropocentric metaphysics of presence, has already proven highly influential in posthumanism and animal studies, the present volume, drawing on published and unpublished work by Derrida and others, builds on these insights to address the most pressing environmental issues of our time.

The volume brings together fifteen prominent scholars, from a wide variety of related fields, including eco-phenomenology, eco-hermeneutics, new materialism, posthumanism, animal studies, vegetal philosophy, science and technology studies, environmental humanities, eco-criticism, earth art and aesthetics, and analytic environmental ethics. Overall, eco-deconstruction offers an account of differential relationality explored in a non-totalizable ecological context that addresses our times in both an ontological and a normative register.

The book is divided into four sections. “Diagnosing the Present” suggests that our times are marked by a facile, flattened-out understanding of time and thus in need of deconstructive dispositions. “Ecologies” mobilizes the spectral ontology of deconstruction to argue for an originary environmentality, the constitutive ecological embeddedness of mortal life. “Nuclear and Other Biodegradabilities,” examines remains, including such by-products and disintegrations of human culture as nuclear waste, environmental destruction, and species extinctions. “Environmental Ethics” seeks to uncover a demand for justice, including human responsibility for suffering beings, that emerges precisely as a response to original differentiation and the mortality and unmasterable alterity it installs in living beings. As such, the book will resonate with readers not only of philosophy, but across the humanities and the social and natural sciences.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780823279531
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication date: 03/27/2018
Series: Groundworks: Ecological Issues in Philosophy and Theology
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 334
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Matthias Fritsch (Edited By)
Matthias Fritsch is Professor of Philosophy at Concordia University, Montréal. He is the author of The Promise of Memory: History and Politics in Marx, Benjamin, and Derrida and Taking Turns with Earth: Ways to Intergenerational Justice through Phenomenology and Deconstruction and co-translator of Heidegger’s The Phenomenology of Religious Life.

Philippe Lynes (Edited By)
Philippe Lynes is Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chair in Environmental Humanities at the University of California, Irvine. He is the translator of Derrida’s Advances.

David Wood (Edited By)
David Wood is W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. His most recent book is Deep Time, Dark Times: On Being Geologically Human.

Dawne McCance is Distinguished Professor at the University of Manitoba. Her books include Critical Animal Studies: An Introduction and Derrida On Religion.
Michael Naas is Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University in Chicago. His books include The End of the World and Other Teachable Moments: Jacques Derrida's Final Seminar and Miracle and Machine: Jacques Derrida and the Two Sources of Religion, Science, and the Media (both Fordham).
Kelly Oliver is W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University, where she also holds appointments in the departments of African-American Diaspora Studies, Film Studies, and Women's and Gender Studies. She is the author of more than one hundred articles, fifteen scholarly books, and three novels.
Cary Wolfe is the Bruce and Elizabeth Dunlevie Professor of English at Rice University. He is author of Animal Rites: American Culture, the Discourse of Species, and Posthumanist Theory (University of Chicago Press, 2003) and Before the Law: Humans and Other Animals in a Biopolitical Frame (University of Chicago Press, 2012).

Table of Contents

Abbreviations for Works by Jacques Derrida

Matthias Fritsch, Philippe Lynes, and David Wood

Part I. Diagnosing the Present
1. The Eleventh Plague: Thinking Ecologically after Derrida
David Wood
2. Thinking after the World: Deconstruction and Last Things
Ted Toadvine
3. Scale as a Force of Deconstruction
Timothy Clark

Part II. Ecologies
4. The Posthuman Promise of the Earth
Philippe Lynes
5. Un/limited Ecologies
Vicki Kirby
6. Ecology as Event
Michael Marder
7. Writing Home: Eco-choro-spectrography
John Llewelyn

Part III. Nuclear and Other Biodegradabilitie
8. E-phemera: Of Deconstruction, Biodegradability, and Nuclear War
Michael Naas
9. Troubling Time/s and Ecologies of Nothingness: On the Im/Possibilities of Living and Dying in the Void
Karen Barad
10. Responsibility and the Non(bio)degradable
Michael Peterson
11. Extinguishing Ability: How we Became Post-Extinction Persons
Claire Colebrook

Part IV. Environmental Ethics
12. An Eco-Deconstructive Account of the Emergence of Normativity in “Nature”
Matthias Fritsch
13. Opening ethics onto the other shore of another heading
Dawne McCance
14. Wallace Stevens’s Birds, or, Derrida and Ecological Poetics
Cary Wolfe
15. Earth: Love It or Leave It
Kelly Oliver

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