Jacques Derrida
University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, NE, 1989; originally published in 1962, English
Nonfiction, General
ISBN: 9780803265806

From the Publisher. Edmund Husserl’s “Origin of Geometry”: An Introduction (1962) is Jacques Derrida's earliest published work. In this commentary-interpretation of the famous appendix to Husserl’s The Crisis of European Sciences and Transcendental Phenomenology, Derrida relates writing to such key concepts as differing, consciousness, presence, and historicity. Starting from Husserl’s method of historical investigation, Derrida gradually unravels a deconstructive critique of phenomenology itself, which forms the foundation for his later criticism of Western metaphysics as a metaphysics of presence. The complete text of Husserl's Origin of Geometry is included.

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Greg Lynn

As was Public Enemy to the hip hop that followed, so, too, was Derrida’s formulation of the “anexact yet rigorous” to the detached signification of deconstruction that followed. Derrida’s first published work was the first and last time that I have ever enjoyed a text about geometry and philosophy simultaneously. I am as interested in this book today as I was the first day I read it as an undergraduate student.

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