Remembering Derrida: A Forum

Remembering Derrida: A Forum

Ten years ago, on October 9, 2004, the philosopher Jacques Derrida passed away. To mark this occasion and inquire into the legacy of Derrida’s thought today, LARB’s philosophy/critical theory genre section is featuring five short texts by Peggy Kamuf, Gil Anidjar, Elisabeth Weber, Michael Marder, and Luce Irigaray that cover aspects of Derrida’s thought ranging from biodegradability to the Holocaust, the death penalty and drone attacks, plant-life and being human, and back.

Also featured in LARB today is Jeremy Butman’s interview with Simon Critchley about Critchley’s book The Ethics of Deconstruction: Derrida and Levinas, which proposed the notion of an ethical turn in Derrida’s thought when it was first published in the early 1990s and was recently re-released in a third, revised edition. 

— Arne De Boever, LARB philosophy/critical theory section editor







Peggy Kamuf, "Remains to Be Seen"









Gil Anidjar, "Everything Burns: Derrida's Holocaust"












Elisabeth Weber, "Jacques Derrida's Urgency, Today"
















Michael Marder and Luce Irigaray, "There Is No Thought Without Remembrance"









LARB Contributors

Peggy Kamuf lives in Los Angeles and teaches French and comparative literature at the University of Southern California. Her latest book is To Follow: The Wake of Jacques Derrida.

Gil Anidjar is a professor in the Departments of Religion and Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS) at Columbia University. His most recent book is Blood: A Critique of Christianity (2014).

Elisabeth Weber is Professor of German and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author of numerous texts on contemporary French thought and the co-editor, with Julie A. Carlson, of Speaking about Torture.

Michael Marder is Ikerbasque Research Professor of Philosophy at the University of the Basque Country, Vitoria-Gasteiz.  He works in the fields of  phenomenology, political philosophy, and environmental thought. An author of ten books, including Plant-Thinking (2013), Pyropolitics (2015), Dust (2016), and, with Luce Irigaray, Through Vegetal Being (2016), he is currently elaborating a philosophical approach to the question of energy, inspired by vegetal thought. His website is


Luce Irigaray is a French philosopher, linguist, psychoanalyst, and cultural theorist. She is the Director of Research at the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique in Paris. One of the most influential feminist thinkers in the world, she is best known for The Speculum of the Other Woman (1974) and This Sex Which Is Not One (1977). An author of over 30 books, her most recent works in English include are Sharing the World (2008), Conversations (2008), and In the Beginning She Was (2012).


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