October 09, 2004
BBC News: Deconstruction icon Derrida dies
Jacques Derrida, one of France's most famous philosophers, has died at the age of 74, it has been announced.
Derrida died in a Paris hospital on Friday night, news agency AFP reported. He suffered from pancreatic cancer.
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 "deny distinction between reality and fiction".
Derrida is one of the most influential philosophers of the late 20th Century.
He was so influential that last year a film was made about his life - a biographical documentary.
At one point, wandering through Derrida's library, one of the filmmakers asks him: "Have you read all the books in here?"
"No," he replies impishly, "only four of them. But I read those very, very carefully".
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