Life Death

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6.0 X 9.1 X 1.2 inches | 1.4 pounds

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About the Author

Jacques Derrida (1930-2004) was director of studies at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris, and professor of humanities at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of many books published by the University of Chicago Press. Pascale-Anne Brault is professor of French at DePaul University and is the translator of several books by Derrida. Peggy Kamuf is professor emerita of French and Italian and comparative literature at the University of Southern California. She has written, edited, or translated many books, by Derrida and others, and is coeditor of the series of Derrida's seminars at the University of Chicago Press. Michael Naas is professor of philosophy at DePaul University and is the author of several books, most recently Plato and the Invention of Life.


"Derrida's 1975-76 seminar, Life Death, is surely one of his greatest achievements. It begins with a deconstructive reading of François Jacob's Logic of the Living, advancing to a critique of scientific 'models' in general. It then takes up Nietzsche's notions of life and the living in terms of both biography and biology. Finally, it reads Freud's Beyond the Pleasure Principle in an exciting and challenging way. The translation by Pascale-Anne Brault and Michael Naas is reliable and eminently readable."--David Farrell Krell, author of The Sea: A Philosophical Encounter
"This is a splendid translation of one of Derrida's most challenging seminars, one that relates, in unprecedented ways, the vocabulary and concepts of historical and contemporary biology and genetics with selected and relevant works of Marx, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Freud."--Dawne McCance, author of The Reproduction of Life Death: Derrida's La Vie la Mort