Friday, August 10, 2007

Jacques Derrida (1930-2004)

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Certain readers resented me when they could no longer recognize their territory, their institution.


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Jacques Derrida (b. 1930) is an Algerian-born French philosopher famous for deconstruction, his practice of reading texts. He has had a profound effect on literary theory and philosophy. He is considered a postmodernist. From 1960 to 1964, Derrida taught philosophy at the Sorbonne. From 1964 to 1984, he taught at the Ecole Normale Superieure. He was also director of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Science Sociales in Paris. From 1986 he was Professor of Philosophy, French and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine. Some of his most famous works include Speech and Phenomena, Of Grammatology, and Writing and Difference.

Controversially, he was in 1992 awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Cambridge. [This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License and uses material adapted in whole or in part from the Wikipedia article on Jacques Derrida.]

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