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Deconstructing Derrida

Tasks for the New Humanities

  • Editors
  • Peter Pericles Trifonas
  • Michael A. Peters

Table of contents

About this book


Responding to Jacques Derrida's vision for what a 'new' humanities should strive toward, Peter Trifonas and Michael Peters gather together in a single volume original essays by major scholars in the humanities today. Using Derrida's seven programmatic theses as a springboard, the contributors aim to reimagine, as Derrida did, the tasks for the new humanities in such areas as history of literature, history of democracy, history of profession, idea of sovereignty, and history of man. Deconstructing Derrida engages Jacques Derrida's polemic on the future of the humanities to come and expands on the notion of what us proper to the humanities in the current age of globalism and change.


democracy education history of literature idea profession

About the authors

PETER TRIFONAS is Assistant Professor of Social and Cultural Studies in Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto in Canada.

MICHAEL PETERS is Research Professor of Education at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, UK and has a Personal Chair at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Bibliographic information


'...Trifonas and Peters are to be commended for putting together a vital collection that speaks directly to the crisis of the modern university in general and to the future of the humanities in particular. Deconstructing Derrida should be requried reading for all academics'. - Kevin A. Aho - The European Legacy