Derrida's Voice and Phenomenon

2015.08.13 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Vernon W. Cisney, Derrida's Voice and Phenomenon, Edinburgh University Press, 2014, 254pp., $120.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2015.08.13 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Vernon W. Cisney, Derrida's Voice and Phenomenon, Edinburgh University Press, 2014, 254pp., $120.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780748644209. Reviewed by Neal De Roo, Dordt College In graduate school, I made the mistake of putting Derrida's Voice and Phenomenon (back then still called Speech and Phenomenon) on the reading list for my doctoral comprehensive exam. As I plowed through the dense text multiple times trying to unpack the many layers of meaning hidden in its succinct argumentation, I was terrified about what questions could arise in the oral exam. "To really understand this book," I remember saying to a friend, "I'd need to understand pretty much everything that Derrida's about and the entirety of Husserl's project as well. I don't know how I'll get this ready by my comps -- in fact, I feel like I will have had a successful career if I can ever say I 'get' everything that's... Read More

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