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Arkoun Mohammed (1928–2010)

Oliver Leaman

Oliver Leaman is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Kentucky, USA. He is the author and editor of books on Islamic philosophy and philosophy in general. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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...Mohammed Arkoun Arkoun was born on February 1, 1928, and died on September 14, 2010.He was born in Algeria, in the Berber village of Taourirt-Mimoun, where he received his primary education. He moved later with his family to Oran and,...
...De Man, Paul Paul de Man was born on 6 December 1919 in Antwerp, Belgium. He studied chemistry at the University of Brussels from 1939 to 1942, and then earned a living writing and translating for Belgian and French publishers. After...
...Rickman, H.P. Hans Peter Rickman was born in Czechoslovakia and died on 10 April 2014. He began his education Hull University London University at Prague University, before going to Britain. He studied for a BA and an MA at the University...
...Jameson, Fredric Ruff Fredric Jameson was born on 14 April 1934 in Cleveland, Ohio. He was awarded a BA from Haverford College in 1954, an MA from Yale in 1956, and his PhD in French from Yale in 1959. His dissertation was on “The Origins...

Lévi-Strauss, Claude (1908–2009)

Paul-François Tremlett

Paul-François Tremlett is Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at the Open University, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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...Introduction Lévi-Strauss’s considerable oeuvre has divided scholars. Some have suggested that it reduces human experiences and meanings to the effects of deep, unconscious, psychological structures and that it privileges a static...
...Schrag, Calvin Orville Calvin O. Schrag was born into a Mennonite farming community on 4 May 1928 in Marion, South Dakota. He received his BA in 1950 from Bethel College in Kansas and then proceeded to Yale Divinity School, where he...

Cixous, Hélène (1937–)

Catherine Witt

Catherine Witt is with the French Department, Reed College, Portland, OR, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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...Early life, education, and literary discoveries Best known as a literary theorist and proponent of “feminine writing” in the English-speaking world, and as a playwright, essayist, and author of experimental fiction in France, Hélène Cixous...

Foucault, Michel (1926–1984)

Patrick Gamez

Patrick Gamez is with the Department of Arts, Languages, and Philosophy, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, Missouri, USA Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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...One might not have expected Michel Foucault, born “Paul-Michel” into a petit bourgeois family in Poitiers on October 15, 1926, to become one of the most influential thinkers of the twentieth century. A precocious student, he decided early...
...David Ray Griffin was born on 8 August 1939 in Wilbur, Washington. He earned a BA degree from Northwest Christian College (1962), a MA in counselling from the University of Oregon (1963), and a PhD in Philosophy of Religion from Claremont...

Lyotard, Jean-François (1924–98)

Ashley Woodward

Ashley Woodward is with the Department of Philosophy, University of Dundee, Dundee, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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...Jean-François Lyotard was the most important aesthetician and political philosopher of the post-structuralist generation. His reputation and reception has suffered from the disproportionate success of his minor work La Condition postmoderne...