CHAPTER IIJACQUES DERRIDA(1930-2004)A.
Brief Biographical SketchOne of the most prolific and creative twentieth century philosophers who developed astrategy called ³deconstruction´ was born of an assimilated French speaking Sephardic Jewishfamily in Algeria on July 15, 1930. He was reared in an environment of anti-semitism andtransferred from one school to another because of this discriminatory practice. He immigrated toFrance to study philosophy in 1950 where he became a great and early admirer of James Joyce.Joyce violated the protocols of received academic discourse, a transgression that even theMarxists had avoided.
Derrida¶s work on phenomenology at the
École Normale Supérieure
earned for him a scholarship to Harvard in 1956-57.
From 1960 to 1964, Derrida taught philosophy and logic at the Sorbonne before eventually returning to the
to teach the history of philosophy until 1984
Since the mid-1970s, Derrida spent asignificant portion of his time teaching and lecturing abroad, particularly in the United States,where he has held visiting professorship at such universities as Yale, Cornell, and, more recently,at the University of California, Irvine, where he was a professor of humanities.
In 1984, he became a director of studies at the
École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales.
He died on October 8, 2004.
His death was greeted with both an outpouring of movingeulogies from his admirers and several sharp attacks. The controversy arose because of thedestabilizing and unsettling effects of "deconstruction" of our traditional views andunderstanding of things which caused his readers from various sectors considerable discomfort.
, Jacques Derrida (1930-2004)
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Matthew Calarco and Peter Atterton (eds.),
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