Derrida and Cavaillès: Mathematics and the Limits of Phenomenology

Michael Roubach
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
This paper examines Derrida's interpretation of Jean Cavaill s's critique of phenomenology in On Logic and the Theory of Science . Derrida's main claim is that Cavaill s's arguments, especially the argument based on G del's incompleteness theorems, need not lead to a total rejection of Husserl's phenomenology, but only its static version. Genetic phenomenology, on the other hand, not only is not undermined by Cavaill s's critique, but can even serve as a philosophical framework for Cavaill s's own position. I will argue that Derrida's approach to Cavaill s is fruitful, facilitating the exposition of some central Cavaill sian ideas, including the notion of dialectics. Nevertheless, it is important to evaluate Derrida's own arguments against static phenomenology. I undertake such an assessment in the last section of the paper, showing that G del's theorems do not in themselves warrant rejection of static phenomenology. I base this conclusion in part on G del's own understanding of phenomenology as a philosophical basis for mathematics
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1080/09672551003685963
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 47,149
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Epistemology, Ontology and the Continuum.Carl J. Posy - 2000 - In Emily Grosholz & Herbert Breger (eds.), The Growth of Mathematical Knowledge. Kluwer Academic Publishers. pp. 199--219.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Derrida and the Future(s) of Phenomenology.Neal de Roo - 2011 - Derrida Today 4 (1):107-131.
Mathematizing Phenomenology.Jeffrey Yoshimi - 2007 - Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 6 (3):271-291.
At the Same Time: Continuities in Derrida’s Readings of Husserl.Robin Durie - 2008 - Continental Philosophy Review 41 (1):73-88.
Reading: Derrida in Hegel's Understanding.John Russon - 2006 - Research in Phenomenology 36 (1):181-200.
The Fate of Phenomenology in Deconstruction: Derrida and Husserl.Martin Schwab - 2006 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 49 (4):353-379.


Added to PP index

Total views
114 ( #75,415 of 2,289,307 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
5 ( #238,403 of 2,289,307 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes

Sign in to use this feature