Learning to Live Finally
The Last Interview
Publication Date: December 6, 2011
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Sometimes called "obscure" and branded "abstruse" by his critics, the Derrida found in this book is open and engaging, reflecting on a long career challenging important tenets of European philosophy from Plato to Marx.
The contemporary meaning of Derrida's work is also examined, including a discussion of his many political activities. But, as Derrida says, "To philosophize is to learn to die"; as such, this philosophical discussion turns to the realities of his imminent death--including life with a fatal cancer. In the end, this interview remains a touching final look at a long and distinguished career.
Michael Naas is Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University. His most recent books include "Taking on the Tradition: Jacques Derrida and the Legacies of Deconstruction" and "Derrida from Now On" (Fordham).
“No thinker in the last 100 years had a greater impact than he did on people in more fields and different disciplines.... No thinker has been more deeply misunderstood.”
—Mark C. Taylor, New York Times