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The last fortress of metaphysics : Jacques Derrida and the deconstruction of architecture

Author: Francesco Vitale; Mauro Senatore
Publisher: Albany, NY : State University of New York Press, [2018]
Series: Intersections (Albany, N.Y.)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Vitale, Francesco, 1971-
Last fortress of metaphysics.
Albany, NY : State University of New York, 2018
(DLC) 2018011744
Named Person: Jacques Derrida; Jacques Derrida
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Francesco Vitale; Mauro Senatore
ISBN: 9781438469355 1438469357
OCLC Number: 1028592565
Language Note: Some essays translated from the Italian.
Notes: Originally written in Italian but not previously published in Italy. First time in print.
Description: xix, 146 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Series Title: Intersections (Albany, N.Y.)
Other Titles: Essays.
Responsibility: Francesco Vitale ; translated by Mauro Senatore.

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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.

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