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Margins of Desire

The Foundations of Derrida's Social Ethics

by Niva Arav

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Institution: University of Haifa
Advisor(s): Prof. Michael Strauss and Prof. Oded Balaban
Degree: Ph.D. in Philosophy
Year: 2006
Volume: 250 pages
ISBN-10: 1599423073
ISBN-13: 9781599423074


In this research, the author analyzes Derrida's understanding of the way society is created out of a collection of individuals, how the individuals preserve their singularity and freedom within a social system and the meaning of ethics, as it comes out in his early writings. In this work, the researcher used a phenomenological method of research and Cassirer's way of analyzing the symbolic forms as a framework to analyze the early writing of Derrida. Although it is not a common approach to combine Derrida's philosophy with that of Cassirer's, the researcher found that Cassirer's ideas help to show Derrida's unique position.