Thursday, June 08, 2006

NYU Tribute to Jacques Derrida

As I was searching for those rare videos on philosophical topics, I discovered this tribute given in honor of Jacques Derrida by various faculty members from NYU and a few other universities. Here is the blurb put on Google Video:
A tribute to the French philosopher Jacques Derrida (1930-2004) hosted by NYU's Center for French Civilization and Culture, the Department of German, and the faculty of Arts and Sciences. Video includes segments of tributes given by scholars including Richard Foley, Tom Bishop, Peter Goodrich, Shireen Patell, Anselm Haverkamp, Ulrich Baer, Mary-Ann Caws, Michel Beaujour, Emiply Apter, Gil Anidjar, Drucilla Cornell, Judith Friedlander, BĂ©atrice Longuenesse, Gayatri Spivak, and Avital Ronell.
Also of interest is the University of California--Irvine's Remembering Jacques Derrida, which includes rebuttals to the New York Times' unflattering obituary for Derrida.

I will admit to general ignorance of Derrida's work, but from all the tributes and stories about his life that I have heard/read from those who knew him and understanding his work through Heidegger's later philosophy, he was a caring man with genuine concern for the Other, hardly the nihilist/relativist that his often rabid opponents characterize him as. So, with that, enjoy this tribute:

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Blogger Tim said...

What in tarnation was Richard Foley doing in that group??

You write:

I will admit to general ignorance of Derrida's work, but from all the tributes and stories about his life that I have heard/read from those who knew him and understanding his work through Heidegger's later philosophy, he was a caring man with genuine concern for the Other, hardly the nihilist/relativist that his often rabid opponents characterize him as.

People with dreadful philosophical positions can be quite charming in person. Peter Singer is a good example.

But there's a lot about Derrida that they're not telling you in tributes, such as his massive use of drugs and his proclivity for having sex with his graduate students at Yale.

'Nuff said.

9:50 PM  
OpenID blowupcoupdetat said...

Whoever told you such things is very much misled. Derrida may have used drugs, but who doesn't today? As for his graduate students, I do believe Derrida never went so far as to have sex with anyone without tenure. That is quite enough said about what is not written.

11:08 PM  

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