New Biography of Derrida Due Out

The announcement for the book, by Benoît Peeters, is here. I don’t expect that this will be “Derrida once smoked pot, so his whole work is hallucinogenic” type of biography, given whose cooperation he had. And thankfully, Peeters begins by noting this won’t be an “intellectual biography,” which, as he notes, has led to a couple of books in recent years that claim to be biographies, but are really introductions to Derrida’s work framed by a chronology of publication dates.


  1. I imagine that James Miller is out there writing “The Hallucination of Jacques Derrida” to match his previous “The Passion of Michel Foucault.”

  2. That’s funny, since I actually had a sentence referencing The Passion of Foucault, but then I deleted it…

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