<history of philosophy, biography> french philosopher and leader of the deconstructionist movement (1930-). From the work of Husserl and Heidegger, Derrida derives the view that meaning emerges only provisionally, from an endless process of re-interpretation based on the interaction between reader and text. In La Voix et le phÈnomÈne (Speech and Phenomena) (1967), L'ecriture et la differance (Writing and Difference) (1967), De la Grammatologie (Of Grammatology) (1967), and La DissÈmination (Dissemination) (1972), Derrida argues that all dichotomies between subject and object or appearance and reality are ultimately untenable. Recommended Reading: A Derrida Reader, ed. by Peggy Kamuf (Columbia, 1991); Deconstruction in a Nutshell: A Conversation With Jacques Derrida, ed. by John D. Caputo (Fordham, 1997); Deconstruction and Philosophy: The Texts of Jacques Derrida, ed. by John Sallis (Chicago, 1989); Geoffrey Bennington, Interrupting Derrida (Routledge, 2000); Todd May, Reconsidering Difference: Nancy, Derrida, Levinas, and Deleuze (Penn. State, 1997); Christopher Johnson, Derrida (Routledge, 1999); and Feminist Interpretations of Jacques Derrida, ed. by Nancy J. Holland (Penn. State, 1997).
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