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A picture of Derrida

Simon Glendinning

in Derrida: A Very Short Introduction

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780192803450
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191775796 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780192803450.003.0001

Series: Very Short Introductions

A picture of Derrida

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‘A picture of Derrida’ argues that anyone engaging with the biography of Jacques Derrida needs to appreciate his views on the biographical genre. He insisted that, with philosophers in particular, there is little value in the idea of seeking to understand their work by reference to ‘the real life of these existences “of flesh and bone”’. His own work called for the ‘defetishization’ of the author figure, and he opposed the use of promotional shots of authors in book publicity. For Derrida, a kind of withdrawal, a sort of solitude, is the proper mark of the expression of the one who appears, in a different way,in their writing.

Keywords: René Descartes; Martin Heidegger; Edmund Husserl; Emmanuel Levinas; Karl Marx; John McDowell; Friedrich Nietzsche; Jean-Jacques Rousseau; Jean-Paul Sartre

Chapter.  2110 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: 20th-Century Philosophy

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