James Powell Deconstruction for Beginners

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Deconstruction for Beginners

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Deconstruction is so labyrinthine (and rumored to be fatal) that it's become the monster that murdered philosophy. When Jacques Derrida, the father of deconstruction, uses such buzz-words as "phallogocentrism" and "transcendental signified," humanities students and aspiring philosophers may get weak in the knees. In Deconstruction for Beginners, James Powell provides lucid explanations of the theory's central elements and highlights both key texts and lesser-known works.

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Jim Powell lives in Santa Barbara, California where he enjoys surfing, writing, playing piano, and painting. His other books include Mandalas: The Dynamics of Vedic Symbolism, Energy and Eros, The Tao of Symbolism, Eastern Philosophy For Beginners, Derrida For Beginners, and Postmodernism For Beginners. Jim has a Master’s Degree in Religious Studies with an emphasis on Sanskrit and Indology. His thesis was on Vedic mythology. He also holds a Master’s Degree in English Literature and wrote a thesis on Mark Twain’s relationship with the Mississippi River..

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For anyone looking for a departure point into a philosopher whose works seem to require several departure points in order to fully grasp, Deconstruction for Beginners is ideal.... [Powell] places Derrida's work within an intriguing international perspective: "If there is neither a beginning nor an end of deconstruction, and if deconstruction is different from one context to the next - then deconstruction must also have taken place in other cultures - long before Jacques Derrida was born."   ~ Frederik Sisa,  The Front Page Online

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