Derrida: A Very Short Introduction explores both the difficulty and significance of the work of Derrida. It explains the theory of deconstruction, presenting Derrida's challenging ideas as a significant contribution to and a powerful reading of, our philosophical heritage. Defending Derrida against many of the charges that were levelled against him by the analytical philosophical community, this VSI nevertheless shows why his work inspires such passionate criticism. It explores his most famous and influential texts to show how and why Derrida's work of deconstruction is inspired not by a ‘critical frenzy’, but by a loving respect for philosophy.
Keywords: deconstruction, Jacques Derrida, René Descartes, différance, Edmund Husserl, Emmanuel Levinas, logos, Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Ferdinand de Saussure, Ludwig Wittgenstein