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Jacques Derrida: … A Life

Geoffrey Bennington

in Not Half No End

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780748639854
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652105 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639854.003.0002
Jacques Derrida: … A Life

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This chapter looks at how a possible biography of Derrida would look like in order to be considered as a Derridean biography. It considers life as an economy of death, and reviews Freud's pleasure principle. The discussion also covers Diderot's ‘c'est mon histoire’, Seneca's analogy of life and the squandering of time, and the role of philosophy in life and death.

Keywords: Derridean biography; life; pleasure principle; c'est mon histoire; squandering of time; philosophy; death

Chapter.  5456 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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