The Rigor of a Certain Inhumanity

The Rigor of a Certain Inhumanity

Toward a Wider Suffrage
John Llewelyn
Distribution: World
Publication date: 07/12/2012
ISBN: 978-0-253-00586-1
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Focusing on the idea of universal suffrage, John Llewelyn accepts the challenge of Derrida's later thought to renew his focus on the ethical, political, and religious dimensions of what makes us uniquely human. Llewelyn builds this concern on issues of representation, language, meaning, and logic with reflections on the phenomenological figures who informed Derrida's concept of deconstruction. By entering into dialogue with these philosophical traditions, Llewelyn demonstrates the range and depth of his own original thinking. The Rigor of a Certain Inhumanity is a rich and passionate, playful and perceptive work of philosophical analysis.

Author Bio

John Llewelyn, former Reader in Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, is author of several books, including Appositions of Jacques Derrida and Emmanuel Levinas (IUP, 2002), Seeing Through God (IUP, 2004), and Margins of Religion (IUP, 2009)


“Through unorthodox and innovative readings of Husserl, Wittgenstein, Heidegger, Levinas, and Derrida, Llewelyn in able to configure a new geography of thought.”
 — François Raffoul, Louisiana State University

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Table of Contents

Part 1. Phenomenology of Language
1. Ideologies
2. Worldviews
3. The Experience of Language
4. Phenomenology as Rigorous Science
5. Pure Grammar
6. Meanings and Translations
Part 2. Table Talk
7. Approaches to Quasi-theology via Appresentation
8. Who Is My Neighbor?
9. Who or What or Whot
10. Ecosophy, Sophophily, and Philotheria
11. Barbarism, Humanism, and Democratic Ecology
12. Where to Cut: Boucherie and Delikatessen
13. Passover
14. The Rigor of a Certain Inhumanity