First published in 1972, Dissemination contains three of Derrida's most central and seminal works: 'Plato's Pharmacy', 'The Double Session' and 'Dissemination'. The essays present a re-evaluation of the logic of meaning and the function of writing in Western discourse and explore the relationship and interplay between language, literature and philosophy. The text includes a substantial introduction and additional notes on the text by Barbara Johnson.
2 The Father of Logos
3 The Filial Inscription: Theuth, Hermes, Thoth, Nabu, Nebo
4 The Pharmakon
5 The Pharmakeus
6 The Pharmakos
7 The Ingredients: Phantasms, Festivals, and Paints
8 The Heritage of the Pharmakon: Family Scene
9 Play: From the Pharmakon to the Letter and from Blindness to the Supplement
The Double Session
1 The Trigger
2 The Apparatus or Frame
3 The Scission
4 The Double Bottom of the Plupresent
5 wriTing, encAsIng, screeNing
6 The Attending Discourse
7 The Time before First
8 The Column
9 The Crossroads of the "Est"
10 Grafts, a return to Overcasting
XI The Supernumerary
The English version of Dissemination [is] an able translation by Barbara Johnson . . . . Derrida's central contention is that language is haunted by dispersal, absence, loss, the risk of unmeaning, a risk which is starkly embodied in all writing. The distinction between philosophy and literature therefore becomes of secondary importance. Philosophy vainly attempts to control the irrecoverable dissemination of its own meaning, it strives-against the grain of language-to offer a sober revelation of truth. Literature-on the other hand-flaunts its own meretriciousness, abandons itself to the Dionysiac play of language. In Dissemination-more than any previous work-Derrida joins in the revelry, weaving a complex pattern of puns, verbal echoes and allusions, intended to 'deconstruct' both the pretension of criticism to tell the truth about literature, and the pretension of philosophy to the literature of truth. * Peter Dews, New Statesman *
A a major philosophical work from one of the 20th century's best known philosophers.
Jacques Derrida (1930-2004) is one of the best known 20th century philosophers and is regarded as the founder of the Deconstruction movement. His work continues to be hugely influential across the humanities and social sciences and his impact on philosophy and literary criticism is unparalleled. He is author of Of Grammatology (1967), Positions (1972) and Writing and Difference (1967) among many others.