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Bennington, Geoffrey

Works: 125 works in 545 publications in 5 languages and 14,310 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Contributor, Other, Creator, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., htt, Author of introduction
Classifications: B2430.D484, 194
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Most widely held works by Geoffrey Bennington
Not half no end : militantly melancholic essays in memory of Jacques Derrida by Geoffrey Bennington( )

20 editions published between 2010 and 2019 in English and Italian and held by 1,833 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author has elucidated the philosopher's complex thought, especially his persistent interrogation of life and death, mourning and melancholia, and what Derrida sometimes called "half-mourning." The author relates this "ethical" interruption of mourning to the persistent but still ill-understood motif of interrupted teleology, which, it is argued here, is definitive of deconstruction
The postmodern condition : a report on knowledge by Jean-François Lyotard( Book )

24 editions published between 1984 and 2010 in English and French and held by 1,378 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Many definitions of postmodernism focus on its nature as the aftermath of the modern industrial age when technology developed. This book extends that analysis to postmodernism by looking at the status of science, technology, and the arts, the significance of technocracy, and the way the flow of information is controlled in the Western world
Jacques Derrida by Geoffrey Bennington( Book )

50 editions published between 1991 and 2017 in 5 languages and held by 1,235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Geoffrey Bennington sets out here to write a systematic account of the thought of Jacques Derrida. Responding to Bennington's text at every turn is Derrida's own excerpts from his life and thought that, appearing at the bottom of each page, resist circumscription. Together these texts, as a dialogue and a contest, constitute a remarkably in-depth, critical introduction to one of the leading philosophers of the twentieth century and, at the same time, demonstrate the illusions inherent in such a project. Bennington's account of Derrida, broader in scope than any previously done, leads the reader through the philosopher's familiar yet still widely misunderstood work on language and writing to the less familiar and altogether more mysterious themes of signature, sexual difference, law, and affirmation. Seeking to escape this systematic rendering - in fact, to prove it impossible - Derrida interweaves Bennington's text with surprising and disruptive "periphrases": reflections on his mother's death agony, commentaries on St. Augustine's Confessions, memories of childhood, remarks on Judaism, and references to his collaborator's efforts. This extraordinary book offers, on the one hand, a clear and compelling account of one of the most difficult and important contemporary thinkers and, on the other, one of that thinker's strangest and most unexpected texts. Far from putting an end to the need to discuss Derrida, Bennington's text might have originally intended or pretended, this dual text opens new dimensions in the philosopher's thought and work and extends its challenge
The truth in painting by Jacques Derrida( Book )

6 editions published between 1987 and 2020 in English and held by 1,105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The four essays in this volume constitute Derrida's most explicit and sustained reflection on the art work as pictorial artifact, a reflection partly by way of philosophical aesthetics (Kant, Heidegger), partly by way of a commentary on art works and art scholarship (Van Gogh, Adami, Titus-Carmel). The illustrations are excellent, and the translators, who clearly see their work as both a rendering and a transformation, add yet another dimension to this richly layered composition. Indispensable to collections emphasizing art criticism and aesthetics."--A. Gelley, Library Journal
Post-structuralism and the question of history( Book )

31 editions published between 1987 and 1997 in English and held by 751 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduction: posing the question Geoff Bennington and Robert Young Part I. History, Marxism and the Institution: 1. Demanding history Geoff Bennington 2. Speculations on reading Marx: after reading Derrida Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak 3. Texts in history: the determinations of readings and their texts Tony Bennett 4. Criticism and institutions: the American university Jonathan Culler Part II. Difference and History: 5. History traces Marian Hobson 6. Derrida and Foucault: writing the history of historicity Ann Wordsworth 7. The practice of historical investigation Mark Cousins Part III. Aesthetics and History: 8. Of aesthetic and historical determination Rodolphe Gashé 9. The sign of history Jean-Franç ois Lyotard Part IV. History as Text: 10. Language as history/history as language: Saussure and the romance of etymology Derek Attridge 11. Fallen differences, phallogocentric discourses: losing Paradise Lost to history Mary Nyquist 12. Ezra Pound: the erasure of history Maud Ellmann 13. The phonograph in Africa: international phonocentrism from Stanley to Sarnoff William Pietz Notes on the contributors Index
The beast and the sovereign by Jacques Derrida( Book )

14 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 641 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When he died in 2004, Jacques Derrida left behind a vast legacy of unpublished material, much of it in the form of written lectures. With The Beast and the Sovereign, Volume 1, the University of Chicago Press inaugurates an ambitious series, edited by Geoffrey Bennington and Peggy Kamuf, translating these important works into English. The Beast and the Sovereign, Volume 1 launches the series with Derrida's exploration of the persistent association of bestiality or animality with sovereignty. In this seminar from 2001-2002, Derrida continues his deconstruction of the traditional determinations of the human. The beast and the sovereign are connected, he contends, because neither animals nor kings are subject to the law-the sovereign stands above it, while the beast falls outside the law from below. He then traces this association through an astonishing array of texts, including La Fontaine's fable "The Wolf and the Lamb," Hobbes's biblical sea monster in Leviathan, D.H. Lawrence's poem "Snake," Machiavelli's Prince with its elaborate comparison of princes and foxes, a historical account of Louis XIV attending an elephant autopsy, and Rousseau's evocation of werewolves in The Social Contract. Deleuze, Lacan, and Agamben also come into critical play as Derrida focuses in on questions of force, right, justice, and philosophical interpretations of the limits between man and animal
Jacques Derrida y las humanidades : un lector crítico by Tom Cohen( )

6 editions published in 2005 in Spanish and Undetermined and held by 608 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

El trabajo de Jacques Derrida ha transformado nuestra comprensión de una gama de disciplinas en las humanidades a través de su cuestionamiento de algunos de los dogmas básicos de la metafísica de Occidente. Este volumen es una colección transdisciplinaria dedicada a su obra; las contribuciones reunidas -sobre derecho, literatura, ética, historia, género, política y psicoanálisis, entre otras- constituyen una investigación del papel de la labor de Derrida en el campo de las humanidades. El libro se destaca por trabajar en algunos de sus más recientes escritos y contiene la misma línea de Derrida en cuanto al "futuro de las humanidades". Además de su interés pedagógico, esta colección de ensayos intenta responder la pregunta: cuál sería la relación de Derrida, o "deconstrucción", para el futuro de las humanidades. El volumen presenta ya los ejemplos más sustentables de deconstrucción en su fase actual, como su posible futuro
The inhuman : reflections on time by Jean-François Lyotard( Book )

7 editions published between 1991 and 1993 in English and held by 566 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In a wide-ranging discussion the author examines the philosophy of Kant, Heidegger, Adorno and Derrida and looks at the works of modernist and postmodernist artists such as Cezanne, Debussy and Boulez. Lyotard addresses issues such as time and memory, the sublime and the avant-garde, and the relationship between aesthetics and politics. Throughout his discussion he considers the close but problematic links between modernity, progress and humanity, and the transition to postmodernity. Lyotard claims that it is the task of literature, philosophy and the arts to bear witness to and explain this difficult transition." "This important contribution to aesthetic and philosophical debates will be of great interest to students in philosophy, literary and cultural theory and politics."--Jacket
Kant on the frontier : philosophy, politics, and the ends of the earth by Geoffrey Bennington( )

13 editions published between 2000 and 2018 in English and French and held by 531 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Frontier: the border between two countries; the limits of civilization; the bounds of established knowledge; a new field of activity. At a time when all borders, boundaries, margins, and limits are being-often violently-challenged, erased, or reinforced, we must rethink the concept of frontier itself. But is there even such a concept? Through an original and imaginative reading of Kant, Geoffrey Bennington casts doubt upon the conceptual coherence of borders. The frontier is the very element of Kant's thought yet the permanent frustration of his conceptuality. Bennington brings out the frontier's complex, abyssal, fractal structure that leaves a residue of violence in every frontier and complicates Kant's most rational arguments in the direction of cosmopolitanism and perpetual peace. Neither a critique of Kant nor a return to Kant, this book proposes a new reflection on philosophical reading, for which thinking the frontier is both essential and a recurrent, fruitful, interruption
Scatter 1 : the politics of politics in Foucault, Heidegger, and Derrida by Geoffrey Bennington( )

9 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 484 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What if political rhetoric is unavoidable, an irreducible part of politics itself? In contrast to the familiar denunciations of political horse-trading, grandstanding, and corporate manipulation from those lamenting the crisis in liberal democracy, this book argues that the "politics of politics," usually associated with rhetoric and sophistry, is, like it or not, part of politics from the start. Denunciations of the sorry state of current politics draw on a dogmatism and moralism that share an essentially metaphysical and Platonic ground. Failure to deconstruct that ground generates a philosophically and politically debilitating selfrighteousness that this book attempts to understand and undermine. After a detailed analysis of Foucault's influential late concept of parrhesia, which is shown to be both philosophically and politically insufficient, close readings of Heidegger, Kierkegaard, and Derrida trace complex relations between sophistry, rhetoric, and philosophy; truth and untruth; decision; madness and stupidity in an exploration of the possibility of developing an affirmative thinking of politics that is not mortgaged to the metaphysics of presence. It is suggested that Heidegger's complex accounts of truth and decision must indeed be read in close conjunction with his notorious Nazi commitments but nevertheless contain essential insights that many strident responses to those commitments ignore or repress. Those insights are here developed--via an ambitious account of Derrida's often misunderstood interruption of teleology--into a deconstructive retrieval of the concept of dignity. This lucid and often witty account of a crucial set of developments in twentieth-century thought prepares the way for a more general re-reading of the possibilities of political philosophy that will be undertaken in Volume 2 of this work, under the sign of an essential scatter that defines the political as such
Heidegger : the question of being and history by Jacques Derrida( Book )

14 editions published between 2016 and 2021 in English and held by 465 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Few philosophers held greater fascination for Jacques Derrida than Martin Heidegger, and in this book we get an extended look at Derrida's first real encounters with him. Delivered over nine sessions in 1964 and 1965 at the École Normale Supérieure, these lectures offer a glimpse of the young Derrida first coming to terms with the German philosopher and his magnum opus, Being and Time. They provide not only crucial insight into the gestation of some of Derrida's primary conceptual concerns--indeed, it is here that he first uses, with some hesitation, the word "deconstruction"--But an analysis of Being and Time that is of extraordinary value to readers of Heidegger or anyone interested in modern philosophy. Derrida performs an almost surgical reading of the notoriously difficult text, marrying pedagogical clarity with patient rigor and acting as a lucid guide through the thickets of Heidegger's prose. At this time in intellectual history, Heidegger was still somewhat unfamiliar to French readers, and Being and Time had only been partially translated into French. Here Derrida mostly uses his own translations, giving his own reading of Heidegger that directly challenges the French existential reception initiated earlier by Sartre. He focuses especially on Heidegger's Destruktion (which Derrida would translate both into "solicitation" and "deconstruction") of the history of ontology, and indeed of ontology as such, concentrating on passages that call for a rethinking of the place of history in the question of being, and developing a radical account of the place of metaphoricity in Heidegger's thinking. This is a rare window onto Derrida's formative years, and in it we can already see the philosopher we've come to recognize--one characterized by a bravura of exegesis and an inventiveness of thought that are particularly and singularly his."--Publisher's description
The death penalty by Jacques Derrida( Book )

in English and held by 438 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this newest installment in Chicagos series of Jacques Derridas seminars, the renowned philosopher attempts one of his most ambitious goals: the first truly philosophical argument against the death penalty. While much has been written against the death penalty, Derrida contends that Western philosophy is massively, if not always overtly, complicit with a logic in which a sovereign state has the right to take a life. Haunted by this notion, he turns to the key places where such logic has been established - and to the place it has been most effectively challenged: literature. With his signature genius and patient yet dazzling readings of an impressive breadth of texts, Derrida examines everything from the Bible to Plato to Camus to Jean Genet, with special attention to Kant and postWorld War II juridical texts, to draw the landscape of death penalty discourses. Keeping clearly in view the death rows and execution chambers of the United States, he shows how arguments surrounding cruel and unusual punishment depend on what he calls an 'anesthesial logic, ' which has also driven the development of death penalty technology from the French guillotine to lethal injection. Confronting a demand for philosophical rigor, he pursues provocative analyses of the shortcomings of abolitionist discourse. Above all, he argues that the death penalty and its attendant technologies are products of a desire to put an end to one of the most fundamental qualities of our finite existence: the radical uncertainty of when we will die. Arriving at a critical juncture in history - especially in the United States, one of the last Christian-inspired democracies to resist abolition - The Death Penalty is both a timely response to an important ethical debate and a timeless addition to Derridas esteemed body of work"--Unedited summary from book jacket
Lyotard : writing the event by Geoffrey Bennington( Book )

17 editions published between 1987 and 2011 in English and held by 435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sententiousness and the novel : laying down the law in eighteenth-century French fiction by Geoffrey Bennington( Book )

18 editions published between 1985 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 395 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Postmodernism by Lisa Appignanesi( Book )

13 editions published between 1986 and 1993 in English and held by 385 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This double issue in the ICA Documents series brings together material which grew out of a major conference held in 1985 on the philosophical dimensions of the postmodernist debate, and three autumn seminars from our French Thinkers series ..."--Editor's note
Interrupting Derrida by Geoffrey Bennington( Book )

13 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and held by 381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work by renowned Derrida scholar and translator Bennington presents incisive new readings of both Derrida and different interpretations of his work within the domains of ethics, politics and literature
Veils by Hélène Cixous( Book )

7 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 364 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Something of a historical event, this book combines loosely "autobiographical" texts by two of the most influential French intellectuals of our time. "Savoir," by Helene Cixous, is a brief but densely layered account of her experience of recovered sight after a lifetime of severe myopia, an experience that ends with the unexpected turn of grieving for what is lost. Her literary inventiveness mines the coincidence in French between the two verbs savoir (to know) and voir (to see). Jacques Derrida's "A Silkworm of One's Own" complexly muses on a host of autobiographical, philosophical, and religious motifs including his varied responses to "Savoir." The two texts are accompanied by six beautiful and evocative drawings that play on the theme of drapery over portions of the body." "Veils suspends sexual difference between two homonyms: la voile (sail) and le voile (veil). A whole history of sexual difference is enveloped, sometimes dissimulated here in the folds of sails and veils and in the turns, journeys, and returns of their metaphors and metonymies." "However foreign to each other they may appear, however autonomous they may be, the two texts participate in a common genre: autobiography, confession, memoirs. The future also enters in: by opening to each other, the two discourses confide what is about to happen, the imminence of an event lacking any common measure with them or with anything else, an operation that restores sight and plunges into mourning the knowledge of the previous night, a "verdict" whose threatening secret remains out of reach by our knowledge."--Jacket
Legislations : the politics of deconstruction by Geoffrey Bennington( Book )

13 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 294 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scatter 2 : politics in deconstruction by Geoffrey Bennington( )

7 editions published in 2021 in English and held by 199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book deconstructs the whole lineage of political philosophy, showing the ways democracy abuts and regularly undermines the sovereignist tradition across a range of texts from the Iliad to contemporary philosophy. Politics is an object of perennial difficulty for philosophy-as recalcitrant to philosophical mastery as is philosophy's traditional adversary, poetry. That difficulty makes it an attractive topic for any deconstructive approach to the tradition from which we inherit our language and our concepts. Scatter 2 pursues that deconstruction, often starting with, and sometimes departing from, the work of Jacques Derrida by attending to the concepts of sovereignty on the one hand and democracy on the other. The book begins by following the fate of a line from Homer's Iliad, where Odysseus asserts that "the rule of many is no good thing, let there be one ruler, one king." The line, Bennington shows, is quoted, misquoted, and progressively Christianized by Aristotle, Philo Judaeus, Suetonius, the early Church Fathers, Aquinas, Dante, Ockham, Marsilius of Padua, Jean Bodin, Etienne de la Boétie, up to Carl Schmitt and Erik Peterson, and even one of the defendants at the Nuremberg trials, before being discussed by Derrida himself. In the book's second half, Bennington begins again with Plato and Aristotle and tracks the concept of democracy as it regularly abuts and undermines that sovereignist tradition. In detailed readings of Hobbes and Rousseau, Bennington develops a notion of "proto-democracy" as a possible name for the scatter that underlies and drives the political as such and that will always prevent politics from achieving its aim of bringing itself to an end"--
Theory and practice by Jacques Derrida( Book )

5 editions published between 2019 and 2020 in English and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Theory and Practice is a series of nine lectures that Jacques Derrida delivered at the École Normale Supérieure in 1976 and 1977. The topic of "theory and practice" was associated above all with Marxist discourse and particularly the influential interpretation of Marx by Louis Althusser. Derrida's many questions to Althusser and other thinkers aim at unsettling the distinction between thinking and acting. Derrida's investigations set out from Marx's "Theses on Feuerbach," in particular the eleventh thesis, which has often been taken as a mantra for the "end of philosophy," to be brought about by Marxist practice. Derrida argues, however, that Althusser has no such end in view and that his discourse remains resolutely philosophical, even as it promotes the theory/practice pair as primary values. This seminar also draws fascinating connections between Marxist thought and Heidegger and features Derrida's signature reconsideration of the dichotomy between doing and thinking. This text, available for the first time in English, shows that Derrida was doing important work on Marx long before Specters of Marx. As with the other volumes in this series, it gives readers an unparalleled glimpse into Derrida's thinking at its best--spontaneous, unpredictable, and groundbreaking
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Not half no end : militantly melancholic essays in memory of Jacques Derrida
The postmodern condition : a report on knowledgeJacques DerridaThe truth in paintingPost-structuralism and the question of historyThe beast and the sovereignThe inhuman : reflections on timeLyotard : writing the eventSententiousness and the novel : laying down the law in eighteenth-century French fiction
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