Edition: 1997
Pages: 194
Series: BCM
ISBN: 9788842051251

The Enjoyment of the Secret

Jacques Derrida, Maurizio Ferraris


«If the transparency of intelligibility was ensured, it would destroy the text, it would be seen to have no future beyond the present, for immediate consumption; therefore a certain area of misunderstanding is also a reserve and an excessive possibility and a way of generating new contexts. If everyone is able to understand immediately what I want to say I have not created any texts, I have only mechanically met the expectations and that will be that. Perhaps people will be pleased, but then they close the book and everything stops there.»

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Jacques Derrida

Jacques Derrida (El Biar, Algeri, 1930) teaches at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris and at the University of California at Irvine. For Laterza he has published, amongst other works, La mano di Heidegger (1991) and edited La religione. Annuario Filosofico Europeo (with G. Vattimo, 1995).

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Maurizio Ferraris

Maurizio Ferraris teaches Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Turin, is president of Labont (Centre for Ontology) and directs 'Scienza Nuova', the institute of advanced studies that unites the University and the Polytechnic of Turin in the design of a sustainable future. Visiting professor at Harvard, Oxford, Munich, Paris, columnist for "Corriere della Sera" and "Neue Zürcher Zeitung", author of successful television programmes and over sixty books translated worldwide, he is, philosophically, the founder of New Realism. Among his publications for Laterza: Documentalità. Perché è necessario lasciar tracce (2009); Mobilitazione totale (2015); Documanità. Filosofia del mondo nuovo (2021); Manifesto del nuovo realismo (n.e. 2022) and, whit Guido Saracco,.Tecnosofia. Tecnologia e umanesimo per una scienza nuova (2023).

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