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Derrida, Jacques Derrida(noun)
French philosopher and critic (born in Algeria); exponent of deconstructionism (1930-2004)
Jacques Derrida was a French philosopher, born in French Algeria. He developed a form of semiotic analysis known as deconstruction. His work was labeled as post-structuralism and associated with postmodern philosophy. He published more than 40 books, together with essays and public presentations. He had a significant influence upon the humanities, particularly on anthropology, sociology, semiotics, jurisprudence, and literary theory. His work still has a major influence in the academe of Continental Europe, South America and all countries where continental philosophy is predominant. His theories became crucial in debates around ontology, epistemology, ethics, aesthetics, hermeneutics, and the philosophy of language. Jacques Derrida's work also influenced architecture, music, art, and art critics. Derrida was said to "leave behind a legacy of himself as the 'originator' of deconstruction." Particularly in his later writings, he frequently addressed ethical and political themes. His work influenced various activists and political movements. Derrida became a well-known and influential public figure, while his approach to philosophy and the notorious difficulty of his work made him controversial.
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