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Who Was Jacques Derrida?: An Intellectual Biography
by David Mikics (Goodreads Author)
Who Was Jacques Derrida? is the first intellectual biography of Derrida, the first full-scale appraisal of his career, his influence, and his philosophical roots. It is also the first attempt to define his crucial importance as the ambassador of "theory," the phenomenon that has had a profound influence on academic life in the humanities. Mikics lucidly and sensitively de ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published October 26th 2010 by Yale University Press
(first published 2009)
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excellent intellectual biography - the author doesn't bother with trivia or pseudo-psychoanalysis. He tackles Derrida head on, and without caricaturing him or echoing his ideas, he presents his philosophy and those he interpreted/critiqued fairly, and builds a strong case that somewhat exposes Derrida as an opportunist.