Jacques Derrida dead at 74

Jacques Derrida died Saturday. He was 74. He was known as the father of deconstructionism, a branch of critical thought or analysis developed in the late 1960s.

Derrida focused his work on language, showing that it has multiple layers and thus multiple meanings or interpretations, challenging the notion that speech is a direct form of communication or even that the author of a text is the author of its meaning. Deconstructionists like Derrida explored the means of liberating the written word from the structures of language, opening limitless textual interpretations.

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