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Jacques Derrida
July 15, 1930 - October 8, 2004
Nationality: French
Category: Philosopher
Subcategory: French Philosopher

Every discourse, even a poetic or oracular sentence, carries with it a system of rules for producing analogous things and thus an outline of methodology.


In philosophy, you have to reckon with the implicit level of an accumulated reserve, and thus with a very great number of relays, with the shared responsibility of these relays.


I wrote some bad poetry that I published in North African journals, but even as I withdrew into this reading, I also led the life of a kind of young hooligan.


In Algeria, I had begun to get into literature and philosophy. I dreamed of writing-and already models were instructing the dream, a certain language governed it.


Still today, I cannot cross the threshold of a teaching institution without physical symptoms, in my chest and my stomach, of discomfort or anxiety. And yet I have never left school.


As soon as there is language, generality has entered the scen.


Why is it the philosopher who is expected to be easier and not some scientist who is even more inaccessible?


The first problem of the media is posed by what does not get translated, or even published in the dominant political languages.


The circle of the return to birth can only remain open, but this is a chance, a sign of life, and a wound.


I do not believe in pure idioms. I think there is naturally a desire, for whoever speaks or writes, to sign in an idiomatic, irreplaceable manner.


To pretend, I actually do the thing: I have therefore only pretended to pretend.


No one gets angry at a mathematician or a physicist whom he or she doesn't understand, or at someone who speaks a foreign language, but rather at someone who tampers with your own language.


Everything is arranged so that it be this way, this is what is called culture.


These critics organize and practice in my case a sort of obsessive personality cult which philosophers should know how to question and above all, to moderate.


I have always had trouble recognizing myself in the features of the intellectual playing his political role according to the screenplay that you are familiar with and whose heritage deserves to be questioned.


Certain readers resented me when they could no longer recognize their territory, their institution.


We are all mediators, translators.


Who ever said that one was born just once?


I do everything I think possible or acceptable to escape from this trap.


Whatever precautions you take so the photograph will look like this or that, there comes a moment when the photograph surprises you. It is the other's gaze that wins out and decides.


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