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Walking on two feet
in Rethinking the university
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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book explores key critical debates in humanities in recent times in the context of the legitimation crisis widely felt to be facing academic institutions, using Jacques Derrida's idea of leverage in the university as a critical point of departure. It discusses the deconstructive studies of the university in detail and examines aspects of the university's intellectual traditions and genealogy. The book also discusses the problematical doubleness of economics as undecidably both inside and outside contemporary cultural theory. Through a close reading of Kant's The Conflict of the Faculties, Derrida suggests that Kant attempts to contain and control the violently disruptive and divisive energies of this intractable crisis by insisting on its nature as mere 'conflict' as opposed to out-and-out 'war'.

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Rethinking the university

Leverage and deconstruction


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