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Derrida, Jacques
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Riddled with contradictions and writing as what he called “the last Jew,” the philosopher, author, and cultural critic, Jacques Derridawas driven by a Jewish passion for truth. One of the most frequently quoted thinkers in the humanities over the past forty years, Derrida’s search for truth through writing is what he, and fellow Algerian-born Jewish feminist, Hélène Cixous, call “insepharable” from a textual Jewish identity of belonging-by-not-belonging. Yet it is only from his exilic position as outsider that redemption is once again possible on the inside of…

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Aubrey L. Glazer, “Derrida, Jacques”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 05 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_COM_0006630>
First published online: 2010

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