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I wrote some bad poetry that I published in North African journals, but even as I withdrew into this reading, I also led the life…
In philosophy, you have to reckon with the implicit level of an accumulated reserve, and thus with a very great number of relays, with the…
These years of the Ecole Normale were an ordeal. Nothing was handed to me on the first try.
If this work seems so threatening, this is because it isn’t simply eccentric or strange, but competent, rigorously argued, and carrying conviction.
I never give in to the temptation to be difficult just for the sake of being difficult. That would be too ridiculous.
Certain readers resented me when they could no longer recognize their territory, their institution.
Why is it the philosopher who is expected to be easier and not some scientist who is even more inaccessible?
These critics organize and practice in my case a sort of obsessive personality cult which philosophers should know how to question and above all, to…
The boarding-school experience in Paris was very hard, I didn’t put up with it very well. I was sick all the time, or in any…
My most resolute opponents believe that I am too visible, that I am a little too alive, that my name echoes too much in the…
I became the stage for the great argument between Nietzsche and Rousseau. I was the extra ready to take on all the roles.
The circle of the return to birth can only remain open, but this is a chance, a sign of life, and a wound.
In Algeria, I had begun to get into literature and philosophy. I dreamed of writing-and already models were instructing the dream, a certain language governed…
I have always had trouble recognizing myself in the features of the intellectual playing his political role according to the screenplay that you are familiar…
The first problem of the media is posed by what does not get translated, or even published in the dominant political languages.
I do not believe in pure idioms. I think there is naturally a desire, for whoever speaks or writes, to sign in an idiomatic, irreplaceable…
We are all mediators, translators.
Who ever said that one was born just once?
Still today, I cannot cross the threshold of a teaching institution without physical symptoms, in my chest and my stomach, of discomfort or anxiety. And…
Everything is arranged so that it be this way, this is what is called culture.
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