Jacques Derrida

Jacques Derrida (/ˈdɛrɪdə/; French: [ʒak dɛʁida]; born Jackie Élie Derrida;[3] 15 July 1930 – 9 October 2004) was an Algerian-born French philosopher best known for developing a form of semiotic analysis known as deconstruction, which he analyzed in numerous texts, and developed in the context of phenomenology.[4][5][6] He is one of the major figures associated with post-structuralism and postmodern philosophy.[7][8][9]

Jacques Derrida
Jacques Derrida
Born
Jackie Élie Derrida

(1930-07-15)15 July 1930
Died9 October 2004(2004-10-09) (aged 74)
EducationÉcole Normale Supérieure (B.A., M.A.)
Harvard University
University of Paris (Doctorat d'État)
Spouse(s)
(m. 19572004)
Era20th-century philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
School
Institutions
Notable ideas

During his career Derrida published more than 40 books, together with hundreds of essays and public presentations. He had a significant influence on the humanities and social sciences, including philosophy, literature, law,[10][11][12] anthropology,[13] historiography,[14] applied linguistics,[15] sociolinguistics,[16] psychoanalysis, architecture, and political theory.

His work retains major academic influence throughout the US,[17] continental Europe, South America and all other countries where continental philosophy has been predominant, particularly in debates around ontology, epistemology (especially concerning social sciences), ethics, aesthetics, hermeneutics, and the philosophy of language. In most of the Anglosphere, where analytic philosophy is dominant, Derrida's influence is most presently felt in literary studies due to his longstanding interest in language and his association with prominent literary critics from his time at Yale. He also influenced architecture (in the form of deconstructivism), music,[18] art,[19] and art criticism.[20]

Particularly in his later writings, Derrida addressed ethical and political themes in his work. Some critics consider Speech and Phenomena (1967) to be his most important work. Others cite: Of Grammatology (1967), Writing and Difference (1967), and Margins of Philosophy (1972). These writings influenced various activists and political movements.[21] He became a well-known and influential public figure, while his approach to philosophy and the notorious abstruseness of his work made him controversial.[21][22]


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