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Jacques Derrida

Jacques Derrida (1930–2004) was the founder of “deconstruction,” a way of criticizing not only both literary and philosophical texts but also political institutions. Although Derrida at times expressed regret concerning the fate of the word “deconstruction,” its popularity indicates the … Continue reading

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Understanding Foucault, Habermas, Bourdieu and Derrida

Although education researchers have drawn on the work of a wide diversity of theorists, a number of these have been of particular significance to education. While the likes of Karl Marx, Antonio Gramsci, John Dewey and Paulo Freire influenced previous … Continue reading

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Philosophy in a Time of Terror – Dialogues with Jürgen Habermas and Jacques Derrida

The idea for Philosophy in a Time of Terror was born hours after the attacks on 9/11 and was realized just weeks later when Giovanna Borradori sat down with Jürgen Habermas and Jacques Derrida in New York City, in separate … Continue reading

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Dialectics and difference: against Harvey’s dialectical ‘post-Marxism’

David Harvey’s recent book, Justice, nature and the geography of difference (JNGD), engages with a central philosophical debate that continues to dominate human geography:  the tension between the radical Marxist project of recent decades and the apparently disempowering relativism and … Continue reading

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Negativity and Revolution: Adorno and Political Activism

Book – How can activists combat the political paralysis that characterizes the anti-dialectical Marxism of Foucault, Derrida, and Deleuze, without reverting to a dogmatic orthodoxy? This book explores solutions in the ‘negative dialectics’ of Theodor Adorno. The poststructuralist shift from dialectics … Continue reading

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Islam and the West: a conversation with Jacques Derrida

In the spring of 2003, Jacques Derrida sat down for a public debate in Paris with Algerian intellectual Mustapha Chérif. The eminent philosopher arrived at the event directly from the hospital where he had just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, … Continue reading

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Jacques Derrida – Rogues: two essays on reason

Here, Derrida deconstructs the notions of sovereignty, democracy, reason, terrorism, and rogue states. In his typically rigorous fashion, Derrida examines in detail the ways that language constructs and deconstructs our political ideas. Thus, “Pure sovereignty does not exist; it is … Continue reading

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Jacques Derrida – The Politics of Friendship

In The Politics of Friendship Derrida renews and enriches this orientation through an examination of the political history of the idea of friendship pursued down the ages. Derrida’s thoughts are haunted throughout the book by the strange and provocative address … Continue reading

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The Other’s Language: Jacques Derrida Interviews Ornette Coleman

The meeting between saxophonist/composer Ornette Coleman and philospher Jacques Derrida documented here took place in late June and early July 1997, before and during Coleman’s three concerts at La Villette, a museum and performing arts complex north of Paris that … Continue reading

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