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  Jacques Derrida - Open Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Derrida had a significant effect on continental philosophy and on literary theory, particularly through his long-time association with the literary critic Paul de Man; though the reception of deconstruction in literary criticism is not universally agreed to be consonant with Derrida's work.
Derrida was active in organizing French philosophers against the so-called Haby reform proposed by the government of Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, by helping to convene the Estates General of Philosophy and through his activities as a founder of the Philosophical Pedagogy Research Group (French acronym: GREPH).
In the film documentary Derrida, Derrida commented that he had never had a disagreement with his sister, only to be reminded that he had tried to set her on fire when they were children, so even a sympathetic viewer may ask whether this fond memory given in eulogy virtualizes the "never".
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 Presidential Lectures: Jacques Derrida: Introduction
Derrida's deconstructionist works are integrally related to the more general phenomenon of postmodernism.
It was settled by a 336-204 vote in Derrida's favor (a veritable landslide victory in the context of normal politics).
Derrida is the proverbial activist-theorist, who, over the years, has fought for a number of political causes, including the rights of Algerian immigrants in France, anti-apartheid, and the rights of Czech Charter 77 dissidents.
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 Jacques Derrida [Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]
Derrida also considers deferral to be typical of the written and this is to reinforce that the meaning of a certain text is never present, never entirely captured by a critic's attempt to pin it down.
According to Derrida, phenomenology is a metaphysics of presence because it unwittingly relies upon the notion of an indivisible self-presence, or in the case of Husserl, the possibility of an exact internal adequation with oneself (SP 66-8).
Derrida's later philosophy is also united by his analysis of a similar type of undecidability that is involved in the concept of the decision itself.
www.iep.utm.edu /d/derrida.htm   (9978 words)

 Jacques Derrida - Professor of Philosophy - Biography
Derrida was born to an Algerian Jewish family in El-Biar, Algeria, in 1930.
Derrida introduced words such as "trace," "presence," "difference," "deconstruction," "logos," and "play" to the lexicon of contemporary discourse in structuralism, post-structuralism, post-modernism and post-colonialism.
Derrida's oeuvre could be viewed as an exploration of the nature of writing in the broadest sense as différance.
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 Derrida, Jacques
Derrida has strongly objected to the interpretations of Deconstruction (a term he still accepts as his own coining and invention) that see it as a purely destructive notion of criticism, deploying an almost nihilistic critique of all institutions, hierarchies, and values.
Derrida is best seen as a philosopher who poses philosophical questions to texts, wherever they come from, and to textuality as such.
Derrida's mixture of innate skepticism and Jewish faith in the written word could be evoked by Joyce's tortuous praise of Stephen Dedalus: "It had better be stated here and now at the outset that the perverted transcendentalism to which Mr.
www.press.jhu.edu /books/hopkins_guide_to_literary_theory/jacques_derrida.html   (2421 words)

 What Derrida Really Meant by Mark C. Taylor
Derrida's work so significant is the way he brought insights of major philosophers, writers, artists and theologians to bear on problems of urgent contemporary interest.
Derrida's name is most closely associated with the often cited but rarely understood term "deconstruction." Initially formulated to define a strategy for interpreting sophisticated written and visual works, deconstruction has entered everyday language.
Derrida's most influential followers appropriated his analyses of marginal writers, works and cultures as well as his emphasis on the importance of preserving differences and respecting others to forge an identity politics that divides the world between the very oppositions that it was Mr.
www.press.uchicago.edu /books/derrida/taylorderrida.html   (1259 words)

 Guardian Unlimited Books | Obituaries | Obituary: Jacques Derrida
Derrida's starting point was his rejection of a common model of knowledge and language, according to which understanding something requires acquaintance with its meaning, ideally a kind of acquaintance in which this meaning is directly present to consciousness.
In 1980, Derrida defended a doctoral thesis at the Sorbonne, based on his publications, and, that same year, he was the focus of a 10-day Cerisy-la-Salle conference organised by two friends whose work was to remain in close touch with his, Jean-Luc Nancy and Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe.
Derrida's later writings were increasingly concerned with ethical and political issues, including religion (both Judaism and Christianity), the question of capital punishment (to which he was vigorously opposed), and the place of animals in the tradition of western philosophy.
books.guardian.co.uk /obituaries/story/0,11617,1324460,00.html   (2476 words)

 Jacques Derrida
Derrida is a French philosopher, born in Algiers in 1930.
Derrida proposes to move beyond traditional models of writing that describe its history and evolution to develop a theory of writing, to apply that theory and to move in the direction of a new writing.
The style of Derrida's writing is difficult, to say the least, and not helped by the way Derrida often uses various forms or wordplay and ambiguity to make his points, not all of which carry well in translation.
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 Jacques Derrida (1930- )   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Derrida, Jacques (1930-), French philosopher, whose work originated the school of deconstruction, a strategy of analysis that has been applied to literature, linguistics, philosophy, law and architecture.
Derrida's deconstructive style of reading subverts these assumptions and challenges the idea that a text has an unchanging, unified meaning.
Although Derrida's thought is sometimes portrayed by critics as destructive of philosophy, deconstruction can be better understood as showing the unavoidable tensions between the ideals of clarity and coherence that govern philosophy and the inevitable shortcomings that accompany its production.
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 Jacque Derrida, Deconstructionism & Postmodernism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Derrida's chief concern was undermining the metaphysics of presence and its influence on speech (phone) and writing.
Derrida apparently failed to take into account the possibility that while philosophical metaphysical presence might be wrong headed, theistic metaphysical presence might be the best way to account for all the evidence.
52This is a prevalent critique by Derrida on Heidegger and Nietzsche.
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 Mark Goldblatt on Derrida on National Review Online
The insinuation, of course, is that Jacques Derrida, the contemporary French thinker sometimes called the "father of deconstruction" deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as the ancient Greek thinker sometimes called the "father of philosophy." This is true only insofar as a firecracker and a hydrogen bomb both go pop.
Derrida, in this case, is merely reiterating the ancient Aristotelian distinction between substance (the underlying essence of a thing) and accidents (the perceptible qualities of a thing attached to, but separable from, its essence).
Thus, the question Derrida poses with regards to the concept of love amounts to asking whether we love a substantial expression of human nature (the "singularity" of a person) or merely a collection of pleasing accidents (his or her apparent qualities).
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One of the reigning figures of intellectual life of the last quarter-century, Derrida is the father of Deconstructionism, a controversial system of analysis designed to dismantle language and reveal the biases and false assumptions embedded within it.
At that point Derrida was expelled from school after being informed by a teacher that "French culture is not made for little Jews." He went on to a career as a disruptive, inarguably gifted student, and at 19 he moved to Paris to study philosophy at the école Normale Supérieure.
Attending the school from 1952 through 1956, Derrida focused primarily on the works of the German philosophers Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger, and his writings on their work led to a scholarship to Harvard in 1956.
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 The Reading Experience: Derrida
Moreover, Derrida actually cared passionately about literature, something his more ideologically rigid followers finally couldn't tolerate, as Leonard Bast astutely points out: "I think that the people who cared most about politics, not literature, realized that Derrida was unnecessary and might even be an obstacle to their goals.
Moreover, Derrida's critical method--and the method that could most efficaciously be adopted from his approach--was not all that radical, at least not in the way that too many of his acolytes wanted it to be.
Derrida's goal was not to subvert the canonical--although neither was it to exalt it--but finally to illuminate a little further how we might actually read it.
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 Derrida, Jacques on Encyclopedia.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
1976), for example, Derrida contended that Western metaphysics (e.g., the work of Saussure, whose theories he rejected) had judged writing to be inferior to speech, not comprehending that the features of writing that supposedly render it inferior to speech are actually essential features of both.
Derrida had a major influence on literary critics, particularly in American universities and especially on those of the “Yale school,” including Paul de Man, Geoffrey Hartman, and J. Hillis Miller.
Influential in other fields as well, the philosophy and methodology of deconstruction was subsequently expanded to apply to a variety of arts and social sciences including such disciplines as linguistics, anthropology, and political science.
www.encyclopedia.com /html/D/Derrida.asp   (676 words)

 BBC NEWS | Europe | Deconstruction icon Derrida dies
Jacques Derrida could claim to be one of the few philosophers of the late 20th Century who people other than students of the subject had actually heard of, says Paris correspondent Hugh Schofield.
Derrida, who was born into a Jewish family in Algeria, published his ground-breaking work in the 1960s and went on to achieve enormous influence in academic circles, especially in America.
Derrida also campaigned for the rights of immigrants in France, against apartheid in South Africa, and in support of dissidents in communist Czechoslovakia.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/europe/3729844.stm   (356 words)

 John J. Miller & Mark Molesky on Jacques Derrida on National Review Online
When Derrida burst onto the American scene in the 1960s, the reigning idols of academe, Freud and Marx, were losing their luster.
His project was one of destruction — or "deconstruction." Derrida claimed to have discovered that all texts contain inherent contradictions that fatally compromise their ability to communicate meaning.
It is perhaps revealing that Derrida chose to defend rather than censure the legacy of his most famous student, Paul de Man, after a Belgian scholar revealed that the Yale professor had written anti-Semitic tracts in a French-language, collaborationist newspaper during the Second World War.
www.nationalreview.com /comment/miller_molesky200410130841.asp   (771 words)

 AllRefer.com - Jacques Derrida (Philosophy, Biography) - Encyclopedia
1976), for example, Derrida contends that Western metaphysics has judged writing to be inferior to speech, not comprehending that the features of writing that supposedly render it inferior to speech are actually essential features of both.
Derrida has had a major influence on literary critics, especially those of the "Yale school," including Paul de Man, Geoffrey Hartman, J. Hillis Miller, and Harold Bloom.
These deconstructionists, along with Derrida, dominated the field of literary criticism in the 1970s and early 1980s.
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 Amazon.com: Books: A Derrida Reader: Between the Blinds   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Derrida is surrounded by his myths as the cartoon character "Pig Pen" is by a cloud of dust.
Derrida is, in fact, hyper-rational or post-rational: he has thought about and studied the history of thinking to the degree that its problems are clear to him.
A third problem is that Derrida wishes to stimulate, not clarify: his mission is not to bring the novice from the first questions of philosophy to its ends nor should we expect this any more than we hope that a president is instructing children on 9-11.
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 Johann Hari - Archive
Derrida was left making the preposterous case that justice is a "Messianic" concept that would somehow be revealed to us once we stripped away language and reason.
Derrida could have drawn the sane conclusions from this at the start of his career: that we should show a greater degree of scepticism both toward language and narratives than before.
Derrida is also metaphysical in that he assumes that distinctions are all up in the non-material symbolic realm, and so the body, allegedly dumb, disorderly matter, cannot produce them.
www.johannhari.com /archive/article.php?id=461   (7213 words)

 Derrida differance notes
With the idea of origin in question, Derrida pushes further than deSaussure did to claim that there is no absolute identity, nothing that "is itself" by virtue of its being.
The "a" which Derrida puts into the term can only be read: it sound just the same as the "e" would in this word in French.
Derrida tackles Heidegger's use of the trace on p.
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 Language Log: Can Derrida be "even wrong"?
This recent interview with Jacques Derrida reminds me of a parlor game that a colleague of mine claims to have played, back in the day when it was easier to find academics who took Derrida seriously.
My colleague would open one of Derrida's works to a random page, pick a random sentence, write it down, and then (above or below it) write a variant in which positive and negative were interchanged, or a word or phrase was replaced with one of opposite meaning.
The point was that Derrida's admirers are generally unable to distinguish his pronouncements from their opposites at better than chance level, suggesting that the content is a sophisticated form of white noise.
itre.cis.upenn.edu /~myl/languagelog/archives/000024.html   (499 words)

 Derrida's Elsewhere   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
We follow Derrida around his home, office, in the classroom and on his travels as he speaks of the suffering, the challenges and the questions that have conditioned his thought since his childhood in Algeria.
Incorporating related imagery, DERRIDA'S ELSEWHERE uses footage of the places Derrida knew in his childhood and adolescence in Algeria, photos of his life there, super-8 footage from the 1960's and 70's, and images from Spain.
Fathy's film succeeds thanks to certain thematic threads that, although they are of course woven by the coherence of Derrida's discourse, are used to structure the film, and to tie "central" preoccupations such as writing to the seemingly diverse questions of circumcision and forgiveness.
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Whether he was a “real” philosopher or not strikes me as wholly immaterial save for academics who account intellectual influence or legitimacy strictly by whether someone is in the correct department or uses the correct narrow disciplinary forms for citation and publication.
Derrida’s greatest admirers are right to insist that we recall the importance of that intervention, which was meaningful to different people in different ways, and in its wake, unmemorable and unnoticed by those who lived in its aftermath because it had become common sense for us.
The greatest problem I have with both Derrida and his most ardent intellectual followers is the absolutism of their favored move.
www.swarthmore.edu /SocSci/tburke1/perma101204a.html   (744 words)

 Amazon.com: Books: On Cosmopolitanism and Forgiveness (Thinking in Action) (Thinking in Action)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Derrida is the consummate French philosopher, and his work has mainly been the province of grad students and the coffeehouse set, which is unfortunate because he has much more to offer.
Derrida argues very well that the only things that can be forgiven are those considered unforgivable, and that the right to forgive is owned by specific individuals.
Derrida's method here is well structured and worth examining, but, it is clearly not an example of the explorations he has undergone elsewhere to examine those elements "always already" present within philosophical texts that undermine in unusual and interesting ways both what and how we understand said texts to mean.
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