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Jacques Derrida (1930-2004) was born in Algeria, and held positions at the École Normale Supériere (1964-1983) and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (1983-2004) in France, and, among other visiting appointments, at Yale University (1975-1986) and the University of California at Irvine (1986-2004) in the United States. Derrida published on an enormous range of thinkers and topics across his career. After an initial focus on Husserl's phenomenology, in the 1960s he engaged work in the human sciences, avant-garde literature, and the history of philosophy to challenge fundamental philosophical conceptions of time, presence, language, identity, and difference. In the 1970s he deepened his engagement with psychoanalysis, literature, and aesthetics, and from the mid-1980s on focused more explicitly on ethical, political, and religious issues. There is an large quantity of Anglophone scholarship on Derrida's work, covering almost all aspects of his work, and from disciplinary perspectives that include but extend far beyond philosophy as it is institutionally defined.

Key works

Derrida's most influential work was published early in his career: Of Grammatology, Voice and Phenomenon, and Writing and Difference, all appearing in 1967, and 1972's Margins of Philosophy  and Dissemination. After this time Derrida continued to publish at a steady rate on an ever-expanding number of thinkers and themes, making it hard to single out texts as particularly prominent. But the most widely read of his later works include "Force of Law", The Gift of Death, and Specters of Marx.

Introductions Gasché's The Tain of the Mirror and Bennington's "Derridabase" provide comprehensive introductions to Derrida's work prior to 1990, and have been very influential in the secondary literature. For an accessible introduction to Derrida's later engagements with ethical, social and political issues, see his book length conversation with Elizabeth Roudinesco, For What Tomorrow.
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  1. Joyce/Derrida : Meaning as Potentiality and the Illegitimacy of the Institution.Stephen Abblitt - unknown
    Thesis (Ph.D.) - La Trobe University, 2010.
  2. Behaviorism and Deconstruction: A Comment on Morse Peckham's "The Infinitude of Pluralism".M. H. Abrams - 1977 - Critical Inquiry 4 (1):181-193.
    Peckham claims that my "behavior" in dealing with the quotations in Natural Supernaturalism is the same, in methodology and validity, as the interpretative behavior of Booth's waiter. But the great bulk of the utterances in my quotations—and no less, of the utterances constituting Peckham's own essay—do not consist of orders, requests, or commands. Instead, they consist of assertions, descriptions, judgments, exclamations, approbations, condemnations, and many other kinds of speech-acts, the meanings of which are not related to my interpretative behavior, even (...)
  3. The Deconstructive Angel.M. H. Abrams - 1977 - Critical Inquiry 3 (3):425-438.
    That brings me to the crux of my disagreement with Hillis Miller. The central contention is not simply that I am sometimes, or always, wrong in my interpretation, but instead that I—like other traditional historians—can never be right in my interpretation. For Miller assents to Nietzsche's challenge of "the concept of 'rightness' in interpretation," and to Nietzsche's assertion that "the same text authorizes innumerable interpretations : there is no 'correct' interpretation."1 Nietzsche's views of interpretation, as Miller says, are relevant to (...)
  4. Review of “Heidegger and Derrida on Philosophy and Metaphor: Imperfect Thought”. [REVIEW]Philip M. Adamek - 2004 - Essays in Philosophy 5 (1):2.
  5. À la mémoire d'une amitié. Pour Jacques Derrida.Valerio Adami - 2005 - Rue Descartes 48 (2):62.
  6. La Fine Dell’Epoca Del Libro. A Partire da Jacques Derrida.Massimo Adinolfi - 2011 - Quaestio 11 (1):405-427.
    This contribution aims at discussing the presentation of the philosophical idea of book in Jacques Derrida, the opposition that Derrida draws between the philosophical idea of book on the one hand and writing on the other, and, above all, the ambiguous placing of Hegel in this opposition. Hegelian philosophical writing is for Derrida a threshold beyond which the philosophy of the Book in its ‘total’ form is no longer possible. The aim, however, is to suggest that what is “now underway (...)
  7. Paradoxes of Trace and Erasure: Reading Derrida Through Kentridge.Lorraine Affourtit - 2014 - Semiotics:277-292.
  8. Leonard Lawlor, Thinking Through French Philosophy: The Being of the Question. [REVIEW]Alia Al-Saji - 2004 - Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy 14 (2):134-140.
  9. Jacques Chevalier, Testimonio Del Bergsonismo Católico. AlainGuy - 1956 - Convivium 2:189-198.
  10. Why the Humanities Matter: A Commonsense Approach.Frederick Luis Aldama - 2008 - University of Texas Press.
    Introduction: a new humanism -- Self, identity, and ideas -- Revisiting Derrida, Lacan, and Foucault -- Derrida gets medieval -- Imaginary empires, real nations -- Edward said spaced out -- Modernity, what? -- Teachers, scholars, and the humanities today -- Translation matters -- Can music resist? -- The "cultural studies turn" in Brown studies -- Pulling up stakes in Latin/o American theoretical claims -- Fugitive thoughts on justice and happiness -- Why literature matters -- Interpretation, interdisciplinarity, and the people.
  11. Marie-Eve Morin,Jean-Luc Nancy, Cambridge: Polity Press, 2012. 188 Pp. $24 USD , ISBN 978-0-7456-5241-2. [REVIEW]Nicholas Aldridge - 2014 - Derrida Today 7 (1):102-105.
  12. Presence and Deferral: Derrida's Critique of Husserlian Internal Time-Consciousness.Natalie Alexander - 1989 - Dissertation, Northwestern University
    Coupling the method of close textual analysis with a sensitivity to historical development and context, I explore "Speech and Phenomena," an important early essay in which Jacques Derrida confronts the phenomenology of Edmund Husserl. After giving background exegesis on the methods, key concepts, and theories of language of each writer, I explore what Derrida has said about the strategy and techniques of deconstruction. From his remarks, I generate four approaches to reading deconstructive texts, each richer than the last, and each (...)
  13. The Contribution of the Concept of Difference to the Problematic of the Subject in the Work of Gregory Bateson and Jacques Derrida.Christian B. Allègre - unknown
  14. Deconstruction as Analytic Philosophy (Review).Barry Allen - 2002 - Common Knowledge 8 (1):208-208.
  15. Difference Unlimited.Barry Allen - 1993 - In Gary Brent Madison (ed.), Working Through Derrida. Northwestern University Press.
  16. Survey of Recent Continental Theology.E. L. Allen - 1958 - Hibbert Journal 57:177.
  17. Recent Continental Theology.E. L. Allen - 1956 - Hibbert Journal 55:175.
  18. Some Recent Continental Theology.E. L. Allen - 1952 - Hibbert Journal 51:182.
  19. Nicholas Royle, Quilt (Myriad Editions, 2010), 176 Pp., ££7.99. ISBN: 978-0-9562515-4-1. [REVIEW]Graham Allen - 2011 - Derrida Today 4 (1):137-142.
  20. J. Hillis Miller. The Medium is the Maker: Browning, Freud, Derrida and the New Telephonic Ecotechnologies. Brighton: Sussex Academic Press, 2009. P/Bk. 93pp.£14.95. [REVIEW]Graham Allen - 2010 - Derrida Today 3 (2):306-310.
  21. The Differance of Translation.David B. Allison - 1983 - Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 9 (2):17-31.
  22. Speech and Phenomena: And Other Essays on Husserl's Theory of Signs.David B. Allison (ed.) - 1979 - Northwestern University Press.
    In _Speech and Phenomena,_ Jacques Derrida situates the philosophy of language in relation to logic and rhetoric, which have often been seen as irreconcilable criteria for the use and interpretations of signs. His critique of Husserl attacks the position that language is founded on logic rather than on rhetoric; instead, he claims, meaningful language is limited to expression because expression alone conveys sense. Derrida's larger project is to confront phenomenology with the tradition it has so often renounced--the tradition of Western (...)
  23. Derrida and Wittgenstein: Playing the Game.David B. Allison - 1978 - Research in Phenomenology 8 (1):93-109.
  24. Derrida's Critique of Husserl: The Philosophy of Presence.David Blair Allison - 1974 - Dissertation, The Pennsylvania State University
  25. Religious Echoes of the Errant Text: Darker Shades of Derrida's Pathless Way.Ian Almond - 2003 - Heythrop Journal 44 (3):294–304.
    I employ these words, I admit, with a glance towards the operations of childbearing–but also with a glance towards those who, in a society from which I do not exclude myself, turn their eyes away when faced by the as yet unnameable which is proclaiming itself and which can do so …only under the species of the nonspecies, in the formless, mute, infant and terrifying form of monstrosity.The question of writing could be opened only if the book was closed. The (...)
  26. Sufism and Deconstruction: A Comparative Study of Derrida and IbnʿArabi (Review).Recep Alpyagil - 2012 - Philosophy East and West 62 (2):270-273.
  27. Review of Jack Reynolds' "Chronopathologies: Time and Politics in Deleuze, Derrida, Analytic Philosophy, and Phenomenology". [REVIEW]Marco Altamirano - forthcoming - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews:xx-yy.
  28. El Tocado (le Toucher): Sexual Irregularities in the Translation of God (the Word) in Jesus.Marcella Maria Althaus-Reid - 2005 - In Yvonne Sherwood & Kevin Hart (eds.), Derrida and Religion: Other Testaments. Routledge.
  29. Philosophy in a Time of Terror.Lilian Alweiss - 2005 - Review of Metaphysics 59 (2):406-409.
  30. Il Tempo Dell'altro in J. Derrida.Carla Amadio - 2012 - G. Giappichelli.
  31. Dante and Derrida: Face to Face.Francis J. Ambrosio - 2008 - State University of New York Press.
    _Discusses Derrida as a religious thinker, reading Dante’s Commedia and Derrida’s religious writings together._.
  32. Com-Por, Rastros E Espectros de Derrida.Georgia Amitrano - 2015 - Educacao E Filosofia 29 (58):615-630.
  33. General Editor's Note.Nicole Anderson - 2017 - Derrida Today 10 (2):v-v.
  34. Special Issue Introduction.Nicole Anderson - 2016 - Derrida Today 9 (2):95-96.
  35. General Editors' Note.Nicole Anderson & Nick Mansfield - 2017 - Derrida Today 10 (1):v-v.
  36. General Editors' Note.Nicole Anderson & Nick Mansfield - 2017 - Derrida Today 10 (1):v-v.
  37. General Editors' Note.Nicole Anderson & Nick Mansfield - 2016 - Derrida Today 9 (1):v-v.
  38. General Editors' Note.Nicole Anderson & Nick Mansfield - 2016 - Derrida Today 9 (1):v-v.
  39. General Editors' Note.Nicole Anderson & Nick Mansfield - 2016 - Derrida Today 9 (2):v-v.
  40. General Editors' Note.Nicole Anderson & Nick Mansfield - 2015 - Derrida Today 8 (1).
  41. General Editors' Note.Nicole Anderson & Nick Mansfield - 2014 - Derrida Today 7 (1).
  42. General Editors' Note.Nicole Anderson & Nick Mansfield - 2013 - Derrida Today 6 (1).
  43. General Editors' Note.Nicole Anderson & Nick Mansfield - 2012 - Derrida Today 5 (1).
  44. General Editors' Note.Nicole Anderson & Nick Mansfield - 2011 - Derrida Today 4 (1).
  45. General Editors' Note.Nicole Anderson & Nick Mansfield - 2010 - Derrida Today 3 (1):v-v.
  46. Hosting.Gil Anidjar - 2005 - In Yvonne Sherwood & Kevin Hart (eds.), Derrida and Religion: Other Testaments. Routledge.
  47. Theories of Meaning in the Analytic and Continental Traditions.Karl-Otto Apel, J. N. Mohanty & Anthony Quinton - 1978 - Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 7 (1):79-105.
  48. On Paul de Man's War.Jean-Marie Apostolidès - 1989 - Critical Inquiry 15 (4):765-766.
    In 1982-83, I was preparing my volume on the Belgian cartoonist Hergé. During the Second World War, Hergé’s comic strips appeared daily in the newspaper Le Soir. Since I wanted to analyze the influence of the rightist thought on Hergé and Tintin, I borrowed most of the copies of Le Soir available in this country through interlibrary loan. Examining the newspaper, I came across Paul de Man’s articles, which were sometimes on the same page as the comic strips. I showed (...)
  49. Jacques Derrida's Ghost: A Conjuration.David Appelbaum - 2009 - State University of New York Press.
    _A spirited reading of Derrida’s view of ethics as transcendental and performative._.
  50. Self, Deconstruction and Possibility: Maritain's Sixth Way Revisited.Leslie Armour - 1994 - Maritain Studies/Etudes Maritainiennes 10.
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