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Jacques Derrida.

"Jacques Derrida, the Algerian-born, French intellectual who became one of the most celebrated and notoriously difficult philosophers of the late 20th century, died Friday at a Paris hospital, the French president's office announced. He was 74.

Mr. Derrida was known as the father of deconstruction, the method of inquiry that asserted that all writing was full of confusion and contradiction, and that the author's intent could not overcome the inherent contradictions of language itself, robbing texts - whether literature, history or philosophy - of truthfulness, absolute meaning and permanence. The concept was eventually applied to the whole gamut of arts and social sciences, including linguistics, anthropology, political science, even architecture."

more here.

i list this, btw, not because i was (or indeed, am) a huge derrida fan, but because he changed things.

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ironed_orchid
Oct. 10th, 2004 04:55 am (UTC)
i list this, btw, not because i was (or indeed, am) a huge derrida fan, but because he changed things.

That is pretty much where I am coming from. In some ways it feels stranger than the death of someone I really admire, because I have such an ambiguous response to most of what I've read by Derrida and the role he seems to have taken on.

did you mean to add a link to story?
benpeek
Oct. 10th, 2004 05:26 am (UTC)
yeah, it was suppose to be to the new york times piece. but apparently it didn't work, perhaps because you require a log in.
ironed_orchid
Oct. 10th, 2004 05:45 am (UTC)
Odd.
a3rdwayproject
Oct. 10th, 2004 06:06 am (UTC)
I always figure that if i had met derrida in his heyday i would have punched him in the face after a 5 minute conversation. But I think i feel that way about all my icons:)

I dont have to like the results or the concepts to admire his ability to find a new way. If there was more people like him in the world then the problems he posed would already have been solved.

Either way, nice to see you also saw the abituary and cared enough to comment:)
-sam
benpeek
Oct. 10th, 2004 03:58 pm (UTC)
that's cool. and a hello to you too.

*waves*

(it's too early for me to be replying with content.)
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