The last fortress of metaphysics : Jacques Derrida and the deconstruction of architecture / Francesco Vitale ; translated by Mauro Senatore
- Language Note:
- Some essays translated from the Italian.
- Machine generated contents note: ch. One The Law of the Oikos: Jacques Derrida and the Deconstruction of the Dwelling -- ch. Two The House in Deconstruction: Notes on Derrida and the Law of the Oikos -- ch. Three Jacques Derrida and the Politics of Architecture -- ch. Four Mythographies: Toward an Architectural Writing -- ch. Five Writing Space: Between Tschumi and Derrida -- ch. Six Divergent Traces: Peter Eisenman as an Interpreter of Deconstruction -- ch. Seven Spacing: The Architecture of Deconstruction.
- Between 1984 and 1994 Jacques Derrida wrote and spoke a great deal about architecture both in his academic work and in connection with a number of particular building projects around the world. He engaged significantly with the work of architects such as Bernard Tschumi, Peter Eisenman, and Daniel Libeskind. Derrida conceived of architecture as an example of the kind of multidimensional writing that he had theorized in Of Grammatology, identifying a rich common ground between architecture and philosophy in relation to ideas about political community and the concept of dwelling. In this book, Francesco Vitale analyzes Derrida's writings and demonstrates how Derrida's work on this topic provides a richer understanding of his approach to deconstruction, highlighting the connections and differences between philosophical deconstruction and architectural deconstrutivism. Although there has been some discussion of the intersection of deconstruction and architecture in the past, mostly among architects and architectural critics, Vitale's work is distinguished by the fact that it is written by a true philosopher who has a much more acute sense than has usually been the case of the philosophical underpinnings of Derrida's exchanges with Tschumi, Eisenman, and others. Vitale is throughout concise, precise, insightful, and often brilliant.--Geoffrey Bennington, author of Interrupting Derrida.
- 9781438469355 (hardcover ; alkaline paper)
1438469357 (hardcover ; alkaline paper)
- Originally written in Italian but not previously published in Italy. First time in print.
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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