In Authorship: from Plato to the Postmodern (1995), Sean Burke speaks of the need for ‘the productive reconciliation of the subject and alterity’.2 In Logics of Disintegration (1987), Peter Dews, following Merleau-Ponty, makes a related point: he observes that ‘in the case of interpretation, there must be an anticipation of meaning which is both confirmed and disappointed’.3 In this book, I have attempted to bring a hermeneutic/deconstructive ‘both/and’ approach to questions of the experiential, self-presence, subjectivity, singularity and self-representation.


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