Abstract

This article deals with Jacques Derrida's relationship with the variations of phenomenology represented by Tran Duc Thao and Maurice Merleau-Ponty. In his public thesis defense of 1980, Derrida aligns himself with Thao, a Vietnamese philosopher who used phenomenology in a critique of colonialist politics, and explicitly opposes himself to the institutionally-valorized Merleau-Ponty. While direct overlaps and typological similarities exist between Thao and Derrida, the latter is shown overall to be closer to Merleau-Ponty, suggesting Derrida deploys the image of Thao as part of a strategy of autobiographical self-representation which emphasizes his critical relationship to philosophical institutions.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3222
Print ISSN
0022-5037
Pages
pp. 113-131
Launched on MUSE
2005-07-28
Open Access
No
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