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  Jacques Derrida - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Derrida was remarkable among invitees in that he never had orthodox commitments to structuralism and had offered papers critical of structuralist scholarship as early as 1963.
Derrida's examination of the latter's philosophical foundations, both conceptual and historical, and their continued reliance on philosophical argument (whether consciously or not), was an important aspect of his thought.
Derrida's relationship with many of his contemporaries was marked by disagreements and rifts.
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 Jacques Derrida - Open Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
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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 Jacques Derrida
As Derrida explains in his "Letter to a Japanese Friend" the word "deconstruction" is his attempt both to translate and re-appropriate for his own ends the Heideggerian terms 'Destruktion' and 'Abbau' via a word already existent in the French language whose varied senses seemed consistent with his requirements.
Derrida is not known to have participated in any conventional electoral political party and has expressed misgivings about such organizations going back to Communist organizational efforts while he was a student at ENS.
Derrida notes that the relation to the Heideggerean term was taken over the Nietzschean term "demolition", as Derrida shares with Heidegger an interest in renovating philosophy to allow it to treat ever-more fundamental matters, which demands as well thorough-going efforts to reinterpret the tradition.
www.brainyencyclopedia.com /encyclopedia/j/ja/jacques_derrida.html   (2836 words)

 Roden on Derrida
Derrida concludes his address to the biography conference with the claim that the excision of biography is constitutive of philosophy itself.
Derrida is an amiable and witty conversationalist and much in the film -- particularly Derrida's recollection of his experience of anti-Semitism in Algeria, and his description of a conversation with his mother following her stroke -- is poignant and moving.
It is arguably the film's philosophical high point, for it gives Derrida the opportunity to clarify the relation between a difficult conceptual claim concerning the impossibility of 'true forgiveness' and the need, in the context of South Africa and elsewhere, for a kind of therapeutic political practice.
www.film-philosophy.com /vol7-2003/n3roden   (2026 words)

 Jacques Derrida - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Following the war, from 1960 to 1964, Derrida taught philosophy at the Sorbonne, and from 1964 to 1984 he taught at the École Normale Superieure.
Derrida's lecture was written with words of praise for structuralist accomplishment and reservations about its internal limitations.
Although its influence on literary studies is probably the most well known and well-reported effect of deconstruction, its roots are more philosophical than literary, although it is also tied to distinct but abutting academic disciplines such as linguistics and anthropology (called the "human sciences" in France).
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 Pather Panchali
Derrida would not like the word ‘essence’ as it is used here like the traditional Western philosophy since Plato that everything has an ‘essence’, or every thing has a centre or ‘being of presence’ which is assumed to control the whole structure.
Film is considered today as discourse that is the structure of a film is in the form or structure of discourse.
Derrida also used the word spacing or espacement in a language (specially in a chain of written signs) which signifies the absence of something or the ‘presence of absence’ in the formation of meaning.
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 Manning on Deconstruction and the Visual Arts
Derrida emphasizes the fact that, since deconstruction begins with the deconstruction of logocentrism, to confine it to linguistic phenomena would be most suspect.
Oswald argues that her contribution to film theory is an effort to go beyond Brunette and Wills' concept of 'screen/play' (a term that marks a significant departure from a tradition of film theory grounded in the photographic image).
Derrida, on the other hand, evokes the postcard as a metaphor for a culture which is 'cast as an immense number of postal transmissions, each stamped by authorities and tradition' (296).
www.film-philosophy.com /vol2-1998/n17manning   (2007 words)

 Read about Jacques Derrida at WorldVillage Encyclopedia. Research Jacques Derrida and learn about Jacques Derrida here!   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
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".
Enlightenment values" (Derrida: "Those who wish to simplify at all costs and who raise a great hue and cry about obscurity because they do not recognize the unclarity of their good old 'Aufklärung' are in my eyes dangerous dogmatists and tedious obscurantists", 'Limited, Inc', 119).
Dadaists." Derrida replied with some amusement that the letter embarrasses itself immediately, transgressing banal standards of "clarity and rigor" by citing examples ("logical phallusies") which are not to be found in his work except suspended in quotation marks.
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 Derrida, Jacques on Encyclopedia.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
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.
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 Review: Derrida
When the purpose of the film is to educate people, and the subject is a figure of historical proportions whose life should most definitely be documented, it makes it even more difficult.
With Derrida, the filmmakers have created such a narrow little film that it gives the uninitiated virtually no means of understanding the man's work, and certainly not any reason to view him as someone who deserves to take up ninety minutes of their lives.
The film would have you believe that Derrida is revered everywhere he goes and universally accepted as a philosophy God.
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 Derrida's Elsewhere
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.
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.
A filmed confession about his life in which the meaning of its full disclosure remains as elusive as the expression of any motif Derrida has sought to explore in his writings.
www.frif.com /new2001/derr.html   (762 words)

 [Videolib] great documentary on philosopher on Sundance tonight   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Zeitgeist Films by Steve Fesenmaier to be published in Counterpoise magazine - !http://www.civicmediacenter.org/counterpoise/ During the last century, "thinking about thinking" has become a major influence on all forms of thinking - art, music, and most profoundly philosophy.
The Films for the Humanities and Sciences has three series, two by the BBC - "Modern Philosophy" and "Great Philosophers" as well as a short series on Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Sartre -"Human, All to Human." I have watched several of the "Modern Philosophy" tapes - one on philosophy of science and another on logical Positivism.
Derrida speaks a lot of English in the film so the sub-titles are minimal.
www.lib.berkeley.edu /pipermail/videolib/2004-January/002118.html   (1414 words)

 Guardian Unlimited Film | Features | Lights! Camera! Think!
But the film lacks dissenting voices, which is sad given that Derrida's work is immensely controversial (there remains a current in British philosophy, for instance, that regards him merely as a successful fraud).
And it is to varying degrees of edification that the film follows its subject around from lecture hall to apartment.
In one key scene, Derrida is asked to explain what deconstruction is. He shrugs, pulls down the ends of his mouth and criticises the artificiality of filming.
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 Jacques Derrida...Cosa Mentale
Jacques Derrida (1930-2004), is generally considered to be one of the greatest philosophers of the twentieth century, and is the author of more than 60 books, including the groundbreaking Of Grammatology and more recent works including Force of Law and The Politics of Friendship.
Derrida's direct treatment of religious themes in his early work is quite restrained, while in his later work, his personal and autobiographical meditations moved more directly into his Jewish background and the relation of such Jewish philosophers as Emmanuel Levinas to the main currents of modern philosophy.
Indeed, in one of his most direct statements on the meaning of the term with which he is most often associated, he says: "deconstruction is justice." Derrida’s writings have not only influenced work in philosophy and literary studies, but also work in fields as diverse as legal studies, women’s studies, performance studies, and architecture.
www.georgetown.edu /departments/french/derrida.htm   (477 words)

 ORANGE COUNTY WEEKLY OC Weekly: Film: A Pin-Downable Derrida
Theirs is a film that, in its ginger, deftly self-aware way, constructs just enough of a pin-downable Derrida for us to see that once you pin some of him down, the great remainder is lacunae and mystery, especially, most sadly and touchingly, to Derrida himself.
Derrida talks about being kicked out of school in Algeria for being a Jew in 1940, suffering from anti-Semistism but finding little solidarity in the Algerian-Jewish culture that rose to protect him from it.
Derrida talks a lot about eyes in this film, about how they’re the only part of our physical selves that don’t seem to age, that contain the child woven in the weakness of the changing body.
www.ocweekly.com /ink/03/10/film-bonca.php   (598 words)

 Derrida (2002): Reviews
As the film takes shape, the form and the subject develop a fascinating symbiosis, with Derrida cast as an active participant in the deconstruction of his own documentary.
Derrida, the man, acquits himself quite well, playfully engaging and teasing the filmmakers and managing to muster interesting, if not illuminating, answers to their inept questions.
He is the highlight, however, because "Derrida," the film, leaves much to be desired.
www.metacritic.com /film/titles/derrida   (582 words)

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In other words, the film is neither explanatory nor personal, and I wouldn't call it "a practice of deconstruction" either.
Derrida, both the man and the film, remains impenetratable.
The film also suffers a great deal from filmmakers' tacky or immature choice of camera movements from time to time.
www.movie666.com /spring_03/undead1.html   (454 words)

 BBC - Films - review - Derrida
Jacques Derrida is not the most obvious choice of subject for a biographical documentary.
An acclaimed philosopher, Derrida is an austere figure, unused to the frivolity of either celebrity or the camera lens.
Immensely sceptical of the biography format, Derrida proceeds to run circles around them, claiming that the only thing there is to say about any philosopher is "he was born - he thought - he died".
www.bbc.co.uk /films/2003/01/06/derrida_2003_review.shtml   (361 words)

 'Derrida' the movie   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
A californian film crew follows Derrida as he gives lectures, answers interviewers' questions and discusses aspects of his life and philosophy.
Derrida observes towards the end of his film that this documentary will have more to say about the film crew than about him, Jacques Derrida, because it will be the film crew to edit the shootings and decide "which Jacques Derrida" is to be presented.
At one point Derrida begins to make interesting comments on the myth of "Narcissus" and "Echo", obviously alluding to the relationship between "source" and "simulacra", but the interviwer fails to ask penetrating questions to draw him out on the matter.
www.generation-online.org /p/fpderrida1.htm   (372 words)

 village voice > film > Frida; Derrida; All or Nothing by J. Hoberman
The menacing phrase "Derridean deconstruction machine" had the aura of a secret password back when I was in grad school, and I treasure the story that the front row of the master's Yale lectures was occupied by a gaggle of fl-clad co-eds known as the Derridettes.
The prof holds forth on subjects ranging from the concept of the future and the dynamics of forgiveness to the mystery of the other and the nature of narcissism, including his own.
Asked what he'd like to see in documentaries on Hegel or Heidegger, Derrida immediately expresses curiosity as to their sex lives—although he himself is the soul of evasion.
www.villagevoice.com /issues/0243/hoberman.php   (1186 words)

 Jacques_Derrida   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
In 2003, Derrida was diagnosed with aggressive pancreatic cancer, which reduced his speaking and travelling engagements until his death in a Parisian hospital on the evening of Friday, October 8, 2004 ([http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3729844.stm BBC story]).
Some of Derrida's critics (among them Richard Wolin, Thomas Sheehan, and John Searle, the last of whom is discussed below) have opted for this characterization.
Derrida discusses the Cambridge incident at length and with a view to his wider view of the institutional setting of philosophy in the interview "'Honoris causa': This is 'also' extremely funny" (in ''Points...'') but consigns Marcus to footnotes to that interview and the "Afterword" of ''Limited Inc''.
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 Derrida (2002)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
I had no idea what the film was trying to accomplish except dropping in a 85 minute take of film with words spoken at certain parts in an attempt to show style (and a few other obvious superficial attempts at style.)
The questions asked to Derrida were general, inane questions with not a single followup.
When Derrida answers (he's frequently annoyed answering such general stuff) there is an obvious follow up question each time that is NEVER asked.
www.imdb.com /title/tt0303326   (690 words)

 New York Daily News - Movies - Deconstructing Jacques   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering Kofman's "Derrida" is the sort of film one should probably see either a half-dozen times or not at all.
Although we follow Derrida on his lecture tours around the globe, we learn little about his personal life or professional history as "the father of critical deconstruction." The filmmakers knew that no matter what approach they used, Derrida's nature would, of course, be to deconstruct it.
Whenever we start to lose ourselves in one of Derrida's lectures, for example, the directors interrupt to consider how his words might relate to their film.
www.nydailynews.com /entertainment/movies/story/29219p-27774c.html   (276 words)

 San Diego Poetry Guild: 01.2003
I suspect that within the footage for Derrida was plenty of material for a traditional documentary, one that was not about its own making.
For me, the entire film hinges on the scene in which the filmmaker questions Derrida about his relationship with his sister.
The film becomes about how Derrida talks in front of the camera, how the filmmakers want him to talk, how he refuses to talk.
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 Amherst College : News & Events: News Releases : Amy Ziering Kofman's
AMHERST, Mass.— Amy Ziering Kofman, a 1984 graduate of Amherst College, will present “Derrida” (2002), the acclaimed film about the influential French deconstructionist that she produced and co-directed with Kirby Dick, on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 7:30 in Stirn Auditorium at Amherst.
The film and a talk with the filmmaker to follow are free and open to the public.
Derrida must be introduced to neophytes, who will not have a firm grasp of deconstruction until they see how it is woven into the fabric of the film.” “Derrida” was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and winner of the Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival.
www.amherst.edu /~pubaff/news/news_releases/02/kofman02.html   (227 words)

 Derrida Film Review - Time Out Film
The film is an object lesson in the difficulties of trying to elucidate the lives of philosophers in general and the life of this preternaturally elusive thinker and personality in particular.
(Sick, an earlier film by co-director and editor Kirby Dick, was a remarkable elucidation of the life 'super-masochist' Bob Flanagan.) As biography, Derrida is openly incomplete: we are told of Derrida's Algerian-Jewish parentage, witness his brother's dumbfounded perplexity at the source of Jacques' intellect, and observe Derrida's domestic life with his psychoanalyst wife.
As documentary, the film is structurally ramshackle, over-reverential and self-conscious, but it could be as close as we'll ever get.
www.timeout.com /film/65289.html?cinema_id=590   (241 words)

 [Videolib] Library Zoopraxographers lives! Sent me your articles....   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
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