67 Deconstruction: Jacques Derrida

Jacques Derrida (1930-2004)

French philosopher and leader of the deconstructionist movement. From the work of Husserl and Heidegger, Derrida derives the view that meaning emerges only provisionally, from an endless process of re-interpretation based on the interaction between reader and text.
In La Voix et le phEnomEne (Speech and Phenomena) (1967), L’Ecriture et la diffErance (Writing and Difference) (1967), De la Grammatologie (Of Grammatology (1967), and La DissEmination (Dissemination) (1972), Derrida argues that all dichotomies between subject and object or appearance and reality are ultimately untenable.

Recommended Reading:


Derrida On Forgiveness, http://www.columbia.edu/itc/ce/s6403/jacques_derrida.pdf

A Derrida Reader, ed. by Peggy Kamuf (Columbia, 1991);
Deconstruction in a Nutshell: A Conversation With Jacques Derrida, ed. by John D. Caputo (Fordham, 1997);
Deconstruction and Philosophy: The Texts of Jacques Derrida, ed. by John Sallis (Chicago, 1989);
Geoffrey Bennington, Interrupting Derrida (Routledge, 2000);
Marian Hobson, Jacques Derrida: Opening Lines (Routledge, 2001);
Todd May, Reconsidering Difference: Nancy, Derrida, Levinas, and Deleuze (Penn. State, 1997);
Herman Rapaport, Later Derrida: Reading the Recent Work (Routledge, 2003);
Christopher Johnson, Derrida (Routledge, 1999); and
Feminist Interpretations of Jacques Derrida, ed. by Nancy J. Holland (Penn. State, 1997).

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