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Who Was Jacques Derrida? An Intellectual Biography

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  • Who Was Jacques Derrida? An Intellectual Biography

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    Jacques Derrida


    An Intellectual Biography


    DAVID MIKICS


    Yale University Press New Haven &London Copyright © 2009by David Mikics.


    All rights reserved.


    This book may not be reproduced,in whole or in part,including


    illustrations,in any form (beyond that copying permitted by Sections 107


    and108ofthe U.S.Copyright Law and except by reviewers for the public


    press),without written permission from the publishers.


    Set in Minion Roman type by Integrated Publishing Solutions.


    Printed in the United States ofAmerica.


    Library ofCongress Cataloging-in-Publication Data


    Mikics,David,1961–


    Who was Jacques Derrida? :an intellectual biography / David Mikics.


    p. cm.


    Includes bibliographical references and index.


    ISBN978-0-300-11542-0(hardcover :alk.paper)


    1. Derrida,Jacques. I. Title.


    B2430.D484M48 2009


    194—dc22


    [B] 2009011984


    A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library.


    This paper meets the requirements ofANSI/NISO Z39.48–1992


    (Permanence ofPaper).


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    Acknowledgments ix


    Preface xi


    List ofAbbreviations xv


    Introduction 1


    ONE From Algeria to the École Normale:


    Sartre,Hegel,Husserl 11


    TWO Writing and DifferenceandOfGrammatology 62


    THREE Plato,Austin,Nietzsche,Freud 139 viii Contents


    FOUR Gadamer,Celan,de Man,Heidegger 182


    FIVE Politics,Marx,Judaism 216


    Coda 244


    Notes 249


    Index 259 Acknowledgments


    John Kulka and Jennifer Banks,my editors at Yale University


    Press,accompanied me every step ofthe way.This book would


    not exist without their care and enthusiasm.The anonymous


    readers for Yale were also extraordinarily helpful, and Jack


    Borrebach provided expert copyediting. Harvey Yunis read


    and usefully commented on my discussion of Plato.I greatly


    appreciate the support of David Bromwich and John Hollan-


    der,as well as the patience ofHarold Bloom,Michael Fox,and


    Tzvetan Todorov,who answered my questions about their per-


    sonal experience ofDerrida.


    The Martha Gano Houstoun fund at the English Depart-


    ment of the University of Houston supported the writing of


    this book in essential ways.I am grateful to the Houstoun fam-


    ily and to the English Department’s Houstoun Committee.


    Richard Armstrong and Rob Zaretsky,of the Honors College


    at the University of Houston, offered help and insight; the


    Honors College was a true intellectual home during my work


    on the book.In New York,the Frederick Lewis Allen Room of


    the New York Public Library provided a place to work and an


    inspiring sense that I was surrounded by many distinguished


    writers, past and present. I thank my father, Lewis J. Mikics;


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