Jacques Derrida. Gilles Deleuze: On Forgiveness. 2004 10/11

http://www.egs.edu/ Jacques Derrida speaking about Forgiveness in his Paris seminar “A Critique of Psychoanalysis”, a reading focusing on texts from Gilles Deleuze. Public open video lecture with students of the European Graduate School EGS, Media and Communication Studies department program, Saas-Fee, Switzerland, Europe, France, 2004

Jacques Derrida (born July 15, 1930 — October 8, 2004) was an Algerian-born French philosopher, known as the founder of deconstruction. His voluminous work had a profound impact upon continental philosophy, French philosophy, and literary theory. Derrida taught philosophy at the Sorbonne, and from 1964 to 1984 at the École Normale Superieure. He completed his Thèse d’État in 1980; the work was subsequently published in English translation as “The Time of a Thesis: Punctuations”. Beginning with his 1966 lecture at Johns Hopkins University, at which he presented his essay “Structure, Sign, and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences” (see below), his work assumed international prominence.In 1967 Derrida published his first three books — Writing and Difference, Speech and Phenomena, and Of Grammatology. Until his death Derrida was director of studies at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. With François Châtelet and others, he co-founded the Collège international de philosophie (CIPH) in 1983, a research institution intended to give a place to philosophical research and lectures which could not be carried out elsewhere in the academy. He was elected as its first president.

Derrida held a series of visiting and permanent positions. In 1986 he became Professor of the Humanities at the University of California, Irvine (which now has a major archive of his manuscripts). He was a regular visiting professor at several other major American universities, including Johns Hopkins University, Yale University, and New York University, and The New School for Social Research. Derrida was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and received the 2001 Adorno-Preis from the University of Frankfurt. He was awarded honorary doctorates by Cambridge University (after a great deal of controversy), Columbia University, The New School for Social Research, the University of Essex, University of Leuven, and Williams College. In 2003, Derrida was diagnosed with aggressive pancreatic cancer, which reduced his speaking and traveling engagements. He died in a Parisian hospital on the evening of Friday, October 8, 2004.

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