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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.

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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. Matthias Fritsch, Taking Turns with the Earth: Phenomenology, Deconstruction, and Intergenerational Justice.Jay Worthy - 2021 - Derrida Today 14 (1):121-127.
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  2. Lynn Turner, Undine Sellbach and Ron Broglio (Eds.), The Edinburgh Companion to Animal Studies.Robert Briggs - 2021 - Derrida Today 14 (1):113-121.
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  3. Elizabeth Rottenberg, For the Love of Psychoanalysis: The Play of Chance in Freud and Derrida.Azeen A. Khan - 2021 - Derrida Today 14 (1):107-113.
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  4. On The Legacies of Derrida and Deconstruction Today: An Interview with Jean-Michel Rabaté.John Greaney - 2021 - Derrida Today 14 (1):91-106.
    In this interview, which took place in Center City in Philadelphia in September 2020, I ask Jean-Michel Rabaté to reflect on his personal and writerly relationship with Jacques Derrida, and to assess the legacies of Derrida and deconstruction across the globe today. In the last five years, Rabaté has published three books on Derrida: Les Guerres de Derrida, After Derrida, and Understanding Derrida, Understanding Modernism. In response to this flurry of publications, I ask Rabaté what has prompted his recent and (...)
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  5. Troubled Origins: Accounting for Oneself.Gerhard Richter - 2021 - Derrida Today 14 (1):67-90.
    Even after the concept of ‘origin’ has been called into question, a troubling wish to speak of origins persists, especially in the narrative act of accounting for one's own origins in confessional discourse. Here, the self encounters the limits of its narratibility, even as it interrogates how, in the Nietzschean sense, it became what it is. This essay explores the question of troubled origins by placing Nietzsche's Ecce Homo: How One Becomes What One Is and Derrida's Monolingualism of the Other; (...)
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  6. And Don't Forget Phenomenology, Etc.Sean Gaston - 2021 - Derrida Today 14 (1):28-48.
    After 1967, for some twenty years it appears that Derrida has little to say about Husserl. In the late 1980s he returns to Husserl and reiterates his early critiques of the limitations of phenomenology in relation to European humanism. However, in the 1990s there is more than just a return to Husserl, there is also a re-evaluation, prompted by the publication of Derrida's 1953–1954 thesis on phenomenology. This article focuses on Derrida essay from 2000, ‘Et Cetera … ’, which is (...)
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  7. Thinking the Ghost: Tragedy and the History of Theory.Anthony Reynolds - 2021 - Derrida Today 14 (1):49-66.
    In this paper I examine the role of tragedy in the ancient emergence of philosophical interiority and in the recent return of exteriority that marks the birth of theory. I argue that tragedy names a kind of epistemic threshold between systems of knowledge predicated on exteriority and interiority. I conclude by arguing that Derrida's late effort to articulate a messianic model of the tragic in Specters of Marx and elsewhere, his effort to “think the ghost,” both confirms and complicates tragedy's (...)
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  8. General Editor's Note.Nicole Anderson - 2021 - Derrida Today 14 (1):v-v.
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  9. Deconstruction: Speculative Materialism and its Other.Dino Galetti - 2021 - Derrida Today 14 (1):1-27.
    Since its inception in the late 2000s, supporters of Quentin Meillassoux tended to oppose the movement he founded, speculative materialism, to Derrida and the Derridean community. The arc of Meillassoux's later publications, however, did not support that opposition, especially when it became clear that he neither dismissed correlationism nor set aside literary concerns. These approaches might not be as incompatible as has been supposed. Still, if any affinity is to be established, a first need is to reassess the core of (...)
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  10. Hermeneutics.Theodore George - 2020 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
  11. What is Deconstruction? An Interview with Jean-Luc Nancy, Translated by Filippo Pietrogrande.Federico Ferrari & Jean-Luc Nancy - 2020 - Derrida Today 13 (2):236-253.
    In this interview 1, Jean-Luc Nancy retraces the origin, the affirmation and the trivialisation of deconstruction: from its point of departure in Heidegger's project of the destruction of the history of ontology, to its attachment to Derrida's philosophical style; from its quick dissemination in the American universities and its adoption as a method of textual critique, to its gradual banalisation in common discourse as a synonym of ‘demolition’. All this is discussed through the lens of Nancy's personal experience, with particular (...)
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  12. Philosophy in a Time of Stasis: Jacques Derrida and the Viral Condition.Joanna Hodge - 2020 - Derrida Today 13 (2):165-170.
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  13. Jacques Derrida (2019), Theory and Practice, Translated by David Wills.Rick Elmore - 2020 - Derrida Today 13 (2):254-261.
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  14. Visitation.Peggy Kamuf - 2020 - Derrida Today 13 (2):171-177.
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  15. Domestic Violence and Metaphysics.Philippe Lynes - 2020 - Derrida Today 13 (2):178-183.
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  16. Doing Undoing.Nick Mansfield - 2020 - Derrida Today 13 (2):184-188.
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  17. Virology and Biopolitics.Matthias Fritsch - 2020 - Derrida Today 13 (2):142-148.
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  18. At Witz End: Theory in a Time of Plague.Elizabeth Rottenberg - 2020 - Derrida Today 13 (2):210-216.
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  19. What We Keep Forgetting: Pandemics, Rivers and Roots.Elina Staikou - 2020 - Derrida Today 13 (2):217-223.
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  20. From Hostility to Hospitality: Random Thoughts on the Impact of Covid-19.Samuel Weber - 2020 - Derrida Today 13 (2):224-230.
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  21. General Editor's Note.Nicole Anderson - 2020 - Derrida Today 13 (2):vi-vi.
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  22. Lies in the Time of COVID.Stella Gaon - 2020 - Derrida Today 13 (2):149-158.
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  23. Immunising Birthsex: Ontology's Place in the Pandemic.Christopher Griffin - 2020 - Derrida Today 13 (2):159-164.
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  24. Crown of Spikes.David Wills - 2020 - Derrida Today 13 (2):231-235.
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  25. Special Issue Introduction.Nicole Anderson - 2020 - Derrida Today 13 (2):125-127.
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  26. Il Faut Bien Compter.Gil Anidjar - 2020 - Derrida Today 13 (2):128-134.
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  27. Tele-Mournings: Actuvirtual Events and Shared Responsibilities.Thomas Clément Mercier - 2020 - Derrida Today 13 (2):189-197.
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  28. Corona Vitae / Corona Mortis.Michael Naas - 2020 - Derrida Today 13 (2):198-203.
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  29. Our Future – on Fire.Joseph Pugliese - 2020 - Derrida Today 13 (2):204-209.
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  30. Fire, Flood and Pestilence as the Condition for the Possibility of the Human.Claire Colebrook - 2020 - Derrida Today 13 (2):135-141.
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  31. Philosophy and Subversion: Jacques Derrida and Deconstruction From the Margins.Michael Roland Hernandez - 2014 - Filocracia: An Online Journal of Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Study 1 (2):105-134.
    The necessity of questioning the privileged spaces of power—be it personal, social, political, or religious—is a demand intrinsic to philosophy’s very own structure. In this paper, an identification of the thinking and the practice of subversion with the essence of philosophy is undertaken as a response to the challenge of intellectual sterilization brought about by the insidious effects of an omnipresent techno-capitalism and academic complicity. In particular, I will discuss Jacques Derrida’s deconstruction as a fertile example of a subversive ethos (...)
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  32. Translating the Idiom of Oppression: A Genealogical Deconstruction of FIlipinization and the 19th Century Construction of the Modern Philippine Nation.Michael Roland Hernandez - 2019 - Dissertation, Ateneo de Manila University
    This doctoral thesis examines the phenomenon of Filipinization, specifically understood as the ideological construction of a “Filipino identity” or ‘Filipino subject-consciousness” within the highly determinate context provided by the Filipino ilustrado nationalists such as José Rizal, Marcelo H. del Pilar and their fellow propagandists inasmuch as it leads to the nineteenth (19th) century construction of the modern Philippine nation. Utilizing Jacques Derrida’s deconstructive thinking, this study undertakes a genealogical critique engaged on the concrete historical examination of what is meant by (...)
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  33. Theopoetics to Theopraxis.Calvin D. Ullrich - 2020 - Forum Philosophicum: International Journal for Philosophy 25 (1):163-182.
    The theological turn in continental philosophy has beckoned several new possibilities for theoretical discourse. More recently, the question of the absence of a political theology has been raised: Can an ethics of alterity offer a more substantive politics? In pursuing this question, the article considers the late work of Jacques Derrida and John D. Caputo. It argues that, contrary to caricatures of Caputo’s “theology of event,” his notion of theopoetics evinces a “materialist turn” in his mature thought that can be (...)
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  34. Before the Law: The complete text of Préjugés.Stuart Sim - 2020 - Contemporary Political Theory 19 (2):145-148.
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  35. General Editor's Note.Nicole Anderson - 2020 - Derrida Today 13 (1):v-v.
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  36. Toward an Exergue on the Future of Différance.Daniel Ross - 2020 - Derrida Today 13 (1):48-71.
    In Of Grammatology, Derrida discusses Leroi-Gourhan in relating différance to memory, the ‘program’, and the history of life. In Technics and Time, 1, Stiegler argues that Derrida failed to draw all the philosophical implications of linking différance to the questions of life and retention. Derrida returned to the life sciences in 1975, in a seminar not published in its entirety until 2019. There, Derrida attempts to deconstruct the geneticist François Jacob's account of the ‘logic of life’, but Derrida's analysis of (...)
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  37. Making the Différance: Between Derrida and Stiegler.Francesco Vitale - 2020 - Derrida Today 13 (1):1-16.
    This paper intends to verify the extent and effectiveness of the transforming appropriation of the Derridean concept of ‘differance’ by Stiegler with respect to the problems that, according to Stiegler, make this creative critical operation necessary; in particular with respect to the most recent question concerning the possibility of thinking about and putting into practice a ‘neganthropological différance’ capable of facing the ecological crisis that today seems to threaten the very existence of life on earth. The paper goes back to (...)
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  38. From Derrida's Deconstruction to Stiegler's Organology: Thinking After Postmodernity.Anne Alombert - 2020 - Derrida Today 13 (1):33-47.
    The aim of this paper is to question the significance of Derrida's deconstruction of the concepts of subject and history. While ‘postmodernity’ tends to be characterized by philosophical critique as the ‘liquidation of the subject’ or the ‘end of history’, I attempt to show that Derrida's deconstruction of ‘subjectivity’ and ‘historicity’ is not an elimination or destruction of these concepts, but an attempt to transform them in order to free them from their metaphysical-teleological presuppositions. This paper argues that this transformation, (...)
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  39. Francesco Vitale, Biodeconstruction, Trans. Mauro Sentatore.Deborah Goldgaber - 2020 - Derrida Today 13 (1):114-121.
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  40. Writing and Cosmotechnics.Yuk Hui - 2020 - Derrida Today 13 (1):17-32.
    This paper aims to approach the notion of writing in the digital age in order to reflect on the question of technodiversity, or the multiplicity of cosmotechnics. It takes off with what seems to be two criticisms against each other: one from Derrida's Of Grammatology, where he claims that ‘the notion of technics can never simply clarify the notion of writing’; and the other from Stiegler's Discretising Time, where he openly criticized Derrida, ‘I think that Derrida unfortunately has never really (...)
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  41. Elements for a General Organology.Bernard Stiegler - 2020 - Derrida Today 13 (1):72-94.
    These lectures outline the project of a general organology, which is to say an account of life when it is no longer just biological but technical, or when it involves not just organic matter but organized inorganic matter. This organology is also shown to require a modified Simondonian account of the shift from vital individuation to a three-stranded process of psychic, collective and technical individuation. Furthermore, such an approach involves extending the Derridean reading of Socrates's discussion of writing as a (...)
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  42. Derrida's Thanatologies.Christopher Morris - 2020 - Derrida Today 13 (1):95-113.
    New debate over the definition and significance of death has arisen in both analytic and continental philosophy. Derrida's work is permeated with the topic, which he claimed was the one most resistant to inquiry. Discussions of it by Naas, Miller and Hägglund have been limited by anthropomorphic approaches. This paper analyzes six of Derrida's contributions to thanatology, which for convenience are called ‘figures’: death as inherent in survivre; as specter; as given or put, as the Marrano's secret; as conjured by (...)
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  43. Review of William Young, The Politics of Praise: Naming God and Friendship in Aquinas and Derrida. [REVIEW]Gary Chartier - 2007 - Theological Book Review 19:78.
  44. Genocide, Memory, and the Difficulties of Forgiveness in Card’s Ender Saga and Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant.Elizabeth Burow-Flak - 2019 - Renascence 71 (4):247-267.
    Orson Scott Card’s Ender Saga and Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant explore the role of memory in aftermath of genocide; both authors employ fantasy and the metaphor of the buried giant to represent past slaughters. Although distinct in genre, the novels together demonstrate the tension between forgiving and forgetting in memory studies following the atrocities of the twentieth century. Forgiveness in the Ender saga falls short of the accountability embedded in “difficult forgiveness” as defined by Paul Ricoeur, as does the (...)
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  45. Faith in/as the Unconditional: Kant, Husserl, and Derrida on Practical Reason.Dylan Shaul - 2019 - Derrida Today 12 (2):171-191.
    This article tracks Derrida's readings of Kant and Husserl as they explore the relation between, on the one hand, faith and knowledge, and on the other, theory and practice. Kant had to limit the scope of theoretical knowledge in order to make room for a practical faith in the rational ideas of the unconditioned, generated through the unconditionality of the moral law. Husserl deployed the figure of ‘the Idea in the Kantian sense’ at those crucial moments in the exposition of (...)
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  46. Deconstructing Affects and Affects of Deconstruction.Joseph Zappa - 2019 - Derrida Today 12 (2):192-210.
    Countering the common assumption in affect theory that deconstruction is incompatible with studies of affect, this essay theorises a deconstructive approach to reading for affect in texts and examines the role affect has always played in deconstructive reading. It reads Derrida alongside Deleuze who has been influential in affect theory in order to explicate what deconstruction adds to existing poststructural theories of affect: namely, how affect functions at the scene of reading, shaping the reading itself and coming into view through (...)
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  47. General Editor's Note.Nicole Anderson - 2019 - Derrida Today 12 (2):v-v.
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  48. Deconstructive Empiricism: Science and Metaphor in Derrida's Early Work.Jeremy Butman - 2019 - Derrida Today 12 (2):115-129.
    The work of Jacques Derrida is often characterized as anti-scientific, and his philosophy of language taken to mean we are sealed off from empirical reality, confined to our metaphysical prison. This position is reinforced by the fact that his forerunners, Heidegger and Nietzsche, did diminish the importance of the sciences, and argued that we are enclosed within the limits of language. Today, philosophy continues to deconstruct the nature/culture distinction, and challenge the meaning of materialism, but in recent decades has realized (...)
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  49. The Arguments of Radical Atheism – Some Critical Reflections.Guy Elgat - 2019 - Derrida Today 12 (2):130-151.
    The paper provides a critical review of Martin Hägglund's influential Radical Atheism. The paper focuses on what Hägglund calls ‘radical atheism’: the view that according to Derrida ‘the best is the worst’. First, the paper critically examines Hägglund's reconstruction of Derrida's argument for the structure of the trace or ‘the spacing of time’. This analysis clarifies one of the central premises in Hägglund's argument for radical atheism: the ‘contamination’ claim, according to which anything temporal is open as such to the (...)
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  50. ‘I've Never Met A Me’: Identity and Philosophy in D'Ailleurs, Derrida.Marguerite La Caze - 2019 - Derrida Today 12 (2):152-170.
    The tension between the absence of identity and the feeling of presence theorised in Jacques Derrida's philosophy is revealed in D'ailleurs Derrida, a film by Safaa Fathy. Fathy's film has had limited scholarly attention, yet it makes a distinctive contribution both to understanding and questioning Derridean thought. I argue that the not-meness of identity is revealed by Fathy through the theme of ‘elsewhere’ in the film and yet it allows the audience to experience the tone and cadence of Derrida's speaking (...)
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