Vicks makes clear from the beginning that she is not talking of negativity, negation, or nihilism: by pursuing the question of nothing and of its inscription in twentieth-century textualities, she immediately positions her discussion in one specific theoretical camp, Heideggerian philosophy and Derridean
deconstruction, marginally filtered through the discourses of the neurosciences and of narrative theory.
notions of "inheritance" and "supplement" may have helped Purkis think through this project, but they feel slightly unabsorbed here.
Such a formulation--initially mindboggling, then persuasive, and finally indisputable--structurally is of Derridean
stock, but what must be said about Wills is how frequently, when reading him, one is reminded that it is substantially a much simpler thing: a marker of philosophy done well.
His topics include whatness and Aristotelian essentialism about a god as secondary substance, a Thomistic perspective on the complexity of a god, a Hegelian view of the essence of a god in appearances, a Sartrean idea of existence preceding essence in a god, and Derridean
differential ontology for a god beyond anti-essentialism.
Nonetheless, Broomfield does discuss the Derridean
understanding of writing and speech albeit briefly as he lays claim to the idea that Beckett's art transcends this post structuralist Derridean
philosophy of language.
Such events as 9/11 and her teaching in local schools in India, arguably, have compelled her to think through and even beyond Derridean
deconstruction and the legacies of the Enlightenment.
(4) Hwang begins with and Ashford ends with the role of Derridean
This loosely deconstructive approach, here described as Penelopian, in its oscillation between present and past, memory and forgetting, presence and absence, lends itself to framing within the perspectives set by Derridean
hauntology (6), thus explaining the book's evocative title: Unruly Penelopes and the Ghosts.
Indeed, a good deal of this book is predicated not only on Freud's Uncanny, but also on Heideggerian ontology and its Derridean
counterpoint, "hauntology" (one of Jacques Derrida's infamous neographisms).
The first section of the volume explores different modern and postmodern theoretical approaches to history and includes chapters on the implications of empiricism for history, the French Annales school, intellectual history, social history, the literary turn in the work of Hayden White, Derridean
deconstruction, rhetoric and history, Foucault and the unconscious of history and culture, narrative theory, and the boundaries of history and fiction.