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The second half of the book contains some of Derrida's most compelling analyses of why and how metaphysical thinking must exclude writing from its conception of language, finally showing metaphysics to be constituted by this exclusion. These essays on Artaud, Freud, Bataille, Hegel, and L 9vi-Strauss have served as introductions to Derrida's notions of writing and "diff 9rence--the untranslatable formulation of a nonmetaphysical "concept" that does not exclude writing--for almost a generation of students of literature, philosophy, and psychoanalysis.
"Writing and Difference reveals the unacknowledged program that makes thought itself possible. In analyzing the contradictions inherent in this program, Derrida foes on to develop new ways of thinking, reading, and writing, --new ways based on the most complete and rigorous understanding of the old ways. Scholars and students from all disciplines will find "Writing and Difference an excellent introduction to perhaps the most challenging of contemporaryFrench thinkers--challenging because Derrida questions thought as we know it.