4. JACQUES DERRIDA LECTURE ON APRIL 15
The first lecturer in this quarter's Presidential Lectures series is a world famous philosopher, Jacques Derrida. Born in 1930 in El Biar, Algeria, Derrida taught for many years at the École Normale Supérieure and the Sorbonne, and currently directs the École des Hautes Études en Science Sociales in Paris. Since 1986, he has been Professor of Philosophy, French and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine and he continues to give academic lectures on both sides of the Atlantic.
Influential early works by the widely published and cited Derrida include: "Speech and Phenomena," "Writing and Difference," and "Of Grammatology," all published in 1967. Later works include "Margins of Philosophy," "Positions," and "Dissemination."
Derrida is best known for developing the theory deconstruction, a method of critiquing Western thought (especially philosophical doctrines) by closely analyzing language to create new perspectives from which to challenge the basic philosophical, cultural, and linguistic notions and ideas.
Derrida will give a lecture at Stanford on April 15 entitled "The Future of the Profession, or the Unconditional University (Thanks to the 'Humanities': What Could Take Place Tomorrow)." Held in Kresge Auditorium at 6:30 p.m.; this lecture promises to be a very popular event. You should plan to arrive early to reserve a seat.
More information about Derrida's life, philosophy, and writings is available on the Presidential Lectures Web site at
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