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Derrida, the Subject and the Other

Surviving, Translating, and the Impossible


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Lisa Foran
    Pages 13-58
  3. Lisa Foran
    Pages 59-115
  4. Lisa Foran
    Pages 159-214
  5. Lisa Foran
    Pages 215-256
  6. Lisa Foran
    Pages 257-260
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 261-280

About this book


This book presents the relation between the subject and the other in the work of Jacques Derrida as one of ‘surviving translating’.  It demonstrates the key role of translation in thinking difference rather than identity, beginning with the work of Martin Heidegger and Emmanuel Levinas.  It describes how translation, and its ethical demands, acts as a leitmotif throughout Derrida’s writing; from his early work on Edmund Husserl to his last texts on politics and hospitality. While for both Heidegger and Levinas translation is always possible, Derrida’s account is marked by the challenge of impossibility.  Expanding translation beyond a merely linguistic operation, Foran explores Derrida’s accounts of mourning, death and ‘survival’ to offer a new perspective on the ethics of subjectivity. 


Jacques Derrida Heidegger Levinas Ethics translation language

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of PhilosophyUniversity College DublinDublinIreland

About the authors

Lisa Foran is Teaching Fellow in Philosophy at Newcastle University (UK). She is editor of Translation and Philosophy (2012) and co-editor of Heidegger, Levinas, Derrida: The Question of Difference (Springer, 2016).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Derrida, the Subject and the Other
  • Book Subtitle Surviving, Translating, and the Impossible
  • Authors Lisa Foran
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-57757-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-84637-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-57758-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 280
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Postmodern Philosophy
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