Phantoms of the Other: Four Generations of Derrida's Geschlecht

Phantoms of the Other: Four Generations of Derrida's Geschlecht

by David Farrell Krell


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During the 1980s Jacques Derrida wrote and published three incisive essays under the title Geschlecht, a German word for "generation" and "sexuality." These essays focused on the philosophy of Martin Heidegger, taking up the rarely discussed issue of sexual difference in Heidegger's thought. A fourth essay—actually the third in the series—was never completed and never published. In Phantoms of the Other, David Farrell Krell reconstructs this third Geschlecht on the basis of archival materials and puts it in the context of the entire series. Touching on the themes of sexual difference, poetics, politics, and criticism as practiced by Heidegger, Derrida's unfinished third essay offers a penetrating critical analysis of Heidegger's views on sexuality and Heidegger's reading of the love poems of Georg Trakl, one of the greatest Expressionist poets of the German language, who died during the opening days of the First World War.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781438454504
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 07/02/2015
Series: SUNY series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 378
Sales rank: 807,254
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

David Farrell Krell is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University and Brauer Distinguished Visiting Professor of German Studies at Brown University.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations of Works Cited

1. Geschlecht I: Sexual Difference, Ontological Difference

2. Geschlecht II: Heidegger’s Singular Hand

3. Of Spirit

4. Geschlecht IV: Heidegger’s Philopolemological Ear

5. Geschlecht III: A Truncated Typescript

6. Geschlecht III: The Phantom of the Other

7. The Magnetism of Georg and Gretl Trakl

Appendix A: Poems Discussed in the Present Volume
Appendix B: Poems Undiscussed


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