``This project is mad'': Descartes, Derrida, and the notion of philosophical crisis
Author: Steiner, G.
Source: Continental Philosophy Review, Volume 30, Number 2, April 1997 , pp. 179-198(20)
Abstract:In ``Cogito and the History of Madness,'' Derrida maintains that crisis is endemic to philosophy rather than being, as Husserl forcefully argued, a temporary condition that can and must be overcome through the resources of reason. A reflection on the place of madness in Descartes's Meditations serves as the point of departure for demonstrating that Derrida has done an injustice to philosophy; and a comparison of Derrida's views with the thought of Husserl, Heidegger, and Nietzsche reveals that Derrida's position in ``Cogito and the History of Madness'' entails a sacrifice of the notion of responsibility that lies at the center of meaningful historical action.
Document Type: Miscellaneous
Affiliations: Department of Philosophy, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA 17837, USA
Publication date: April 1997