Deconstruction icon Derrida dies
Jacques Derrida, one of France's most famous philosophers, has died at the age of 74
Derrida, who suffered from cancer, died in a Paris hospital on Friday night.In retrospect, I rather regret preferring the steakhouse to Derrida when he spoke at the SBL Annual Meeting the year before last, on a Saturday night. How fickle I am!
The Algerian-born philosopher is best known for his "deconstruction theory" - unpicking the way text is put together in order to reveal its hidden meanings.
Fellow academics have charged that Derrida's writings are "absurd", but his mark on modern thinking is undisputed, correspondents say.
In his long career, he taught at the Sorbonne and at several American universities.
Jacques Derrida could claim to be one of the few philosophers of the late 20th Century who people other than students of the subject had actually heard of, says Paris correspondent Hugh Schofield.
Here's The Guardian's version of the story:
Philosopher Jacques Derrida Dies at 74