This biography of Jacques Derrida tells the story of a Jewish boy from Algiers, excluded from school at the age of twelve, who went on to become the most widely. Derrida, Jacques This biography of Jacques Derrida () tells the story of a Jewish boy from Algiers, excluded from school at the age of twelve, who. A review of Benoit Peeters, Derrida: A Biography, trans. Andrew Brown ( Cambridge: Polity, ). Keywords. Derrida; biography. Full Text: PDF.

Author: Shaktilrajas Mer
Country: Maldives
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Environment
Published (Last): 5 March 2011
Pages: 334
PDF File Size: 8.69 Mb
ePub File Size: 9.70 Mb
ISBN: 428-9-51935-930-6
Downloads: 34268
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Shaktiran

His wildest book, Glaswas a hypertext avant la lettre derria two columns of text: If he was always a man of the left, he had an outsider’s distaste peeteds orthodoxy and organisation. It did not go down well. Foucault was not the only father to be slain: Would it suffice to point out that Derrida himself protested the oversimplifying function of such reviews?

As a student he had frequent bouts of anxiety and depression. Andrew Brown Polity Press, [F]or me the great question is always the question who. Travelling to communist Prague in to address a secretly organised philosophy seminar, he was arrested and charged with drug smuggling.

To nominate one person as meriting such an accolade would be to ignore and trivialize the achievements of all the other great thinkers of the past century, to treat what deserves utmost seriousness as a game or a horse race.

Foucault was so stunned by this piece of oneupmanship that he thanked Derrida: As he was about to leave for Paris, he was arrested and drugs were planted in his luggage; he was interrogated for six hours and thrown into a dark cell. Yet Peeters gives the impression that Derrida was a well-adjusted young man, a reader of Gide, Sartre and Camus who was also good at football and confident with women.

  LEY 28857 PDF

His style of reading was widely, if not always convincingly imitated: Peeters suggests that Derrida had Algeria in mind when he expressed the hope that Israelis and Palestinians might find a way benoih live in a single, binational state.

Not all of Derrida’s writing is to everyone’s taste. Benoit Peeters – – Polity.

We follow a series of courageous political commitments in support of Nelson Mandela, illegal immigrants, and gay marriage. Giacomo Donis The discursive forms peetfrs have available to us, the resources in terms of objectivising archivation, are so much poorer than what happens or fails to happen, whence the excesses of hyper-totalisation.

I see Derrida, always friendly, open, encouraging, but also intensely concerned with interrogating the supposedly naturalised conventions of such a traditional academic pursuit, provocatively questioning the possibility of ever writing this particular life, and then of biography sui generis.

The world of his childhood was already coming apart when, after a spell at Harvard, where he married Marguerite Aucouturier, a psychoanalyst and the mother of his two older sons, Venoit returned home inat the height of the war of independence, to do his military service, teaching at a school southwest of Algiers.

Review: Derrida: A Biography by Benoit Peeters | Stephen Abblitt –

Biography and memoirsBiographyJacques Derrida. Howard Caygill – – Derrida Today 8 2: Monthly downloads Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot peetefs chart. Click here to sign up. I see the ambitious scholar, an overflowing folder of loose notes on the small table before him, enthusiastically outlining his monumental project, this doubly epic undertaking of archival investigation and narrative craft. We see his many sides: Smiling, he signals an impossible challenge to us inheritors of his immense legacy: Derrida sent Nora a page single-spaced letter.

David Mikics – – Yale University Press. A review of a ppeeters is no exception. After 11 Septemberhe was reconciled bnoit Habermas: Where and in what does one look for its signs? Before long, the taciturn, socially gauche young man from the colonies was gracing the dinner tables of a galaxy of French luminaries: His experience of the Algerian war accounts for the moral sensitivity — the attention to nuance, the refusal to choose sides, as well as the occasional utopianism — of his political thinking.


Long accused of being a radical critic of the West, Derrida revealed himself to be the conscientious social democrat that he probably always was: Help Center Find new research papers in: The Figures of Writing.

Derrida: A Biography

Sign in Create an account. How do we not naturalise the broader conventions of biography as a genre, this wily, cunning shaping of a life beginning with a birth and peteers with a death, all the requisite markers along the way, a work of narrative craft reflecting as much the brilliant artifice of the biographer as the life of the subject? He did, however, have an unlikely sympathiser. There is less than a derrlda left to support our matching grant fund drive!

Over the course of the exchange, I envision Derrida raising two fundamental difficulties with the biographical endeavour: If his language was French, he could also speak the patois of working-class Arabs. These connections soon came in handy: Speech and Phenomenaanother study of Husserl; Writing derridz Differencea collection of essays originally published in journals like Tel Quel and Critique ; and his masterwork, Of Grammatology.

Critical Theory of the Contemporary Yet the libertarian impulse of the sixty-eighters was also a driving force behind his own work. To have apologised would have been pious, at best:

Back to top