Jacques Derrida

Jacques Derrida was an influential French philosopher who founded the approach to textual interpretation and analysis known as "deconstruction." His best known works include Of Grammatology and Specters of Marx.

 

"The poet … is the man of metaphor: while the philosopher is interested only in the truth of meaning, beyond even signs and names, and the sophist manipulates empty signs … the poet plays on the multiplicity of signifieds."

– Jacques Derrida


ARTICLES FEATURING JACQUES

The Question Concerning Heidegger

A new translation of early lectures by Derrida on Heidegger questions a tradition that we can conveniently sum up with the word: metaphysics....


Embarrassing Ourselves

The Introduction to the new translation of "On Grammatology," the Afterword, and the revisions to the translation all represent significant steps backward....


Derrida and the Death Penalty

Jan Mieszkowski reviews The Death Penalty, which contains the first 11 sessions of Derrida’s two-year seminar on the subject....


The Death of the Book


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