Top 10 Books by Jacques Derrida

 

Jacques Derrida was a French philosopher and writer. He extensively wrote and talked about his theory of semiotic analysis called deconstruction. Over the course of his life, he wrote, spoke and published many essays. He has at least forty books to his name, out which only the best make it to the list of top 10 books by Jacques Derrida. Also, his life has been chronicled in the film called Derrida.

 

Writing and Difference

This book is the collection of the essays written by the writer from the year 1959 to 1966. This book extensively discusses the systematic deconstruction theory of Western metaphysics and has become a work which has been recognized for the French thought of the writer.

Read it For:
The book gives you a direct understanding of Derrida’s of the phenomenon. Along with this the writer also has a knack for producing the best kind of thoughts on the works of Freud, Hegel, and other prominent personalities.
Don't Read it For:
The book is an in-depth discussion of the metaphysical world, which would probably bore those who are not interested in this form of the subject.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book makes the reader understand the unacknowledged thoughts of the French.

Of Grammatology

The prominent thoughts and crystal clear differences offered by the theories of the French philosopher made a massive difference in the world and forever changed the thoughts of critiques over the European and American continents. The contents of the book sparked debates among the students of literature and humanities.

Read it For:
The book provides further understanding of the “Deconstruction” theory which changed the thoughts of masses.
Don't Read it For:
This book, is perhaps, a bit too complicated for some readers.
What makes this book stand out?:
The writer was aware of the deconstruction theory and that fact, itself, makes this book an astounding work worth reading.

Specters of Marx

Like most Jacques Derrida books, this one too, gives you a deeper understanding of identity, and meaning in language. This book takes a dive into the rethinking process of various categories, including the Western philosophy and critiques.

Read it For:
This book has made prominent dents, ever since its first publishing. This book takes you through the deeper meanings of things, which we normally ignore.
Don't Read it For:
The book is complex if the reader is not aware of the topics being talked about in this book.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book has single-handedly changed many theories of many worlds, including the world of politics.

Margins of Philosophy

This book is a collection of essays by the writer. Through these essays the writer dismantles the theories of languages and metaphors. Furthermore, he deals with the same issues which have been dealt by Plato, Nietzsche, Hegel, Heidegger and many more prominent thinkers of this world.

Read it For:
The book, as most of his books, is thoroughly informative.
Don't Read it For:
The vast information projected by the book could be confusing for those who are first-time readers.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book, although complex in various aspects, is a book which would open up a whole new world for you.
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Dissemination

If you are a fan of the author, you must know that he greatly loved literature and philosophy. Through this book, he is trying to educate the reader the importance of both and how the two topics, although similar, but differ vastly. The importance of literature and philosophy is required to master the art of language and writing.

Read it For:
This is probably the best work of the author. It takes you through an enjoyable journey of information with the help of witty puns and allusions.
Don't Read it For:
Although the book is a great translation in the English language, the book’s beauty may have been lost in translation
What makes this book stand out?:
There has hardly ever been a book quite like this one. The reader learns and has fun!

The Gift of Death

This book dives and digs deeper on the topic of death and its acceptance, whether by choice or by sacrifice. What began in the book of Given Time, is continued in this book. The book is one of the only few books which open the world of anthropology, ethics of religion, philosophy, criticism and literary criticism

Read it For:
This book is probably one of the best books on the list of Jacques Derrida best sellers.
Don't Read it For:
This book is a book which makes the reader think, but some of the thoughts may have outlived their importance in the new world.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book is a profoundly thought-provoking book.

Archive Fever: A Freudian Impression

The book, following the similar style of the writer, takes you through the journey of understanding electronic media and its relevance to our life. Furthermore, the book digs deeper into the understanding of meditation, religion and the human need to achieve everything.

Read it For:
The man had a different style of thinking, and this book allows you to go through that!
Don't Read it For:
The book is short, so for all those who have no idea about deconstruction and its working, it may not make sense.
What makes this book stand out?:
The writer is quite clear on what he wants to write.

The Animal That Therefore I Am

Compiled and published posthumously this book is the collection of record, and informal recorded sessions with the writer. The book explains the roles played by animals in the writer’s works

Read it For:
This book is an essential book to understand the fundamentals of the writer’s thought process
Don't Read it For:
This book does not give much information on topics as described by the author in other books.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book gives us an understanding of the writer.

Limited Inc

The book contains two essays by the author, "Limited Inc" and "Signature Event Context,” which give key explanations to the author’s theory of reconstruction.

Read it For:
This book will give you a better understanding of the theory.
Don't Read it For:
This book will make sense only if you’ve read the previous books.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book gives the very fundamentals of philosophy and literature.

Politics of Friendship

This book takes you through the road of politics and friendship throughout the ages.

Read it For:
This book is clear and understandable
Don't Read it For:
It takes some time to make sense out of the book.
What makes this book stand out?:
Like most of his books, this book too is rich in information and insight.

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