Jacques Derrida (1930-2004) was director of studies at the Ecole des hautes etudes 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. Jay Williams is senior managing editor of Critical Inquiry.
"Along with Ludwig Wittgenstein and Martin Heidegger, Jacques Derrida... will be remembered as one of the three most important philosophers of the twentieth century. No thinker in the last one hundred years had a greater impact than he did on people in more fields and different disciplines." (New York Times) "Jacques Derrida revolutionised our understanding of words, texts, reading, and authorship.... Each publication is a singular demonstration of a patient response to the contours, rhythms, and turns of the subject being addressed." (Times (UK))"