Not a Book Review: “An Event, Perhaps A Biography of Jacques Derrida”

“I have only one language and it is not my own.” Jacques Derrida Peter Salmon, an Australian novelist, has written a brilliant biography on French philosopher Jacques Derrida, aptly titled “An Event, Perhaps A Biography of Jacques Derrida.” In philosophy, the word Event has a particular significance. An Event is considered an occurrence that shatters… Read More Not a Book Review: “An Event, Perhaps A Biography of Jacques Derrida”

Alexander Kojève on Consciousness and Master Slave Dialectic

In the Introduction to the Reading of Hegel, Alexander Kojève offers a conceptual account of human history.  He opens his account by meditating on the development of consciousness. What is the nature of human consciousness? What does it mean to be conscious of one’s existence, and how might it be different from animals, who are… Read More Alexander Kojève on Consciousness and Master Slave Dialectic

Thinking about “Hegel’s Christianity and the Deification of Reason”

A week ago, I attended the Annual Solomon Lecture on Hegel’s Christianity and the Deification of Reason by Professor Robert Wicks. The lecture was titled “Hegel Christianity and the Deification of Reason.” In this brief post, I will attempt to reflect on some of the points made during the lecture. So here is a rough… Read More Thinking about “Hegel’s Christianity and the Deification of Reason”

Notes on Derrida’s “Structure, Sign, and Play”

  “language bears within itself the necessity of its own critique” While I am yet to fully grasp the argument put forth by Derrida, here is a meagre attempt nonetheless. According to Derrida, there was an event causing a rupture in Western philosophy – Structuralism. Following this event, we can think about and assess the… Read More Notes on Derrida’s “Structure, Sign, and Play”