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Nigel Warburton returns to host our series, Philosophy in the Bookshop. Peter Salmon is this months guest, discussing 'An Event, Perhaps'.

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Philosophy in the Bookshop is a series of free Philosophy talks taking place on the first Saturday of each month. All talks are hosted by author and Public Philosopher, Nigel Warburton (author of 'A Little History of Philosophy', 'Philosophy - The Basics' and many others)

Who is Jacques Derrida? For some, he is the originator of a relativist philosophy responsible for the contemporary crisis of truth. For the far right, he is one of the architects of Cultural Marxism. To his academic critics, he reduced French philosophy to "little more than an object of ridicule." For his fans, he is an intellectual rock star who ranged across literature, politics, and linguistics. In An Event, Perhaps, Peter Salmon presents this misunderstood and misappropriated figure as a deeply humane and urgent thinker for our times.

Born in Algiers, the young Jackie was always an outsider. Despite his best efforts, he found it difficult to establish himself among the Paris intellectual milieu of the 1960s. However, in 1967, he changed the whole course of philosophy: outlining the central concepts of deconstruction. Immediately, his reputation as a complex and confounding thinker was established. Feted by some, abhorred by others, Derrida had an exhaustive breadth of interests but, as Salmon shows, was moved by a profound desire to understand how we engage with each other. It is a theme explored through Derrida's intimate relationships with writers sucheven as Althusser, Genet, Lacan, Foucault, Cixous, and Kristeva.

Accessible, provocative and beautifully written, An Event, Perhaps will introduce a new readership to the life and work of a philosopher whose influence over the way we think will continue long into the twenty-first century.

Peter Salmon

Peter Salmon is an Australian writer living in the UK. He is a regular contributor to the New Humanist, and has been published in the Sydney Review of Books, the Guardian, the Tablet, Cordite and Versopolis. His first novel, The Coffee Story, was a New Statesman Book of the Year. He has received Writer’s Awards from the Arts Council of England and the Arts Council of Victoria, Australia.Formerly Centre Director of the John Osborne/The Hurst Arvon Centre (2006-2012), Peter also teaches creative writing, most recently at Pembroke College, Cambridge and Liverpool John Moores University.

Nigel Warburton

Nigel Warburton is a freelance writer and editor. He is best known as the interviewer for the very popular Philosophy Bites podcast. He has written a number of books including the bestselling A Little History of Philosophy, Philosophy: The Basics, Philosophy: The Classics , Thinking from A to Z, Free Speech: A Very Short Introduction, and The Art Question. Nigel is the host of Philosophy in the Bookshop at Blackwell's.

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This event is a live and in-person event at Blackwell's Bookshop on Broad Street Oxford in the Philosophy Department. Author events are an essential part of the life of our bookshops because they promote discussion about books and bring authors and readers together.

There is a maximum capacity to attend for this event so although tickets are free, you must register in advance. For more information, you can call us 01865 792792 or email oxford@Blackwells.co.uk.

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