The fiftieth anniversary issue of Les Temps modernes leads off with an
article by Jacques Derrida, “‘Il courait mort’: Salut, salut. Notes
pour un courrier aux Temps modernes,” a tribute both to Les Temps
modernes and to its founder, Jean-Paul Sartre. For those who have
followed what Derrida has said over the years, this “tribute” came as
something of a surprise. Derrida, after all, had mocked Sartre as the
“onto-phenomenologist of freedom,” always in search of a “fundamental
project” that could explain an individual’s whole life; he
called “daring” or “risky” Sartre’s criticism of Bataille for having a
shaky understanding of German philosophical terms and concepts
when Sartre himself had, in Derrida’s view, a very inadequate grasp
of Hegel, Husserl and Heidegger.
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