A condensed but clear presentation of the work of one of the twentieth century’s most influential thinkers by a philosopher who specializes in contemporary philosophy.
In the United States, Jacques Derrida may be the most well-known representative of twentieth-century French thought. Best known for his development of the critical theory known as deconstruction, with its impact on the humanities, Derrida challenged the Western philosophical tradition and its assumptions about culture. He belonged to the school of thought described in the United States as French Theory. By the time of his death in 2004, he had written some forty books and radically changed the ways in which academics discussed their subjects.
Here Salanskis presents, in a condensed and accessible manner, Jacques Derrida’s philosophical contribution. From an examination of Derrida’s central theory of deconstruction, he goes on to depict how this philosophical method intersected with psychoanalysis, radical politics, and literature. Finally, he portrays Derrida as a reader, showing how he approached philosophical texts, in particular the works of Husserl, Levinas, and Heidegger.