Jacques Derrida: A Biography by Jason PowellJacques Derrida: A Biography by Jason Powell

Jacques Derrida: A Biography

byJason Powell

Paperback | January 15, 2007

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At the time of his death in 2004, Jacques Derrida was arguably the most influential and the most controversial thinker in contemporary philosophy. Deconstruction, the movement that he founded, has received as much criticism as admiration and provoked one of the most contentious philosophical debates of the twentieth century. Jacques Derrida: A Biography offers for the first time a complete biographical overview of this important philosopher, drawing on Derrida's own accounts of his life as well as the narratives of friends and colleagues. Powell explores Derrida's early life in Algeria, his higher education in Paris and his development as a thinker. Jacques Derrida: A Biography provides an essential and engaging account of this major philosopher's remarkable life and work.

Jason Powell has a PhD in philosophy and is the author of Jacques Derrida: A Biography and Heidegger's Contributions to Philosophy. He has served with the British Army in Iraq, Bosnia and Kosovo and now works as a freelance writer.
Title:Jacques Derrida: A BiographyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.74 × 5.1 × 0.6 inPublished:January 15, 2007Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0826494498

ISBN - 13:9780826494498


Table of Contents

1. Algeria
2. Paris and ENS
3. After ENS
4. The First Book
5. Against Structuralism
6. 1967
7. Post-Structuralism
8. America: Derrida as Literature
9. Glas
10. Greph
11. Paul de Man
12. Nietzsche and Heidegger
13. The Post Card
14. The 1980s
15. 1987-90: Deconstruction and Germany
16. Autobiographical Years: 1990-91
17. The Future of Democracy: The Very Worst Moment of Capitalism
18. Derrida's World: Confronting Marx
19. The Politics of Friendship
20. Derrida's Religion
21. Thoughtful Welcoming of the Other
22. 2000 Onwards
23. Conclusion: On the Future of Thinking

Editorial Reviews

'In attempting an intellectual biography of Derrida [Powell] is doing something unique ... He has a good grasp of the ideas circulating around deconstrution, and articulates them in a suitably reader-friendly manner without sacrificing any of their complexity or compromising their integrity.' Dr Karl Simms, Director of Studies, School of English, University of Liverpool