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Geoffrey Bennington - Biography

Geoffrey Bennington is an American philosopher and literary critic. He was born in 1956. Geoffrey is Asa Griggs Candler Professor of French and Professor of Comparative Literature, Emory University, as well as a member of the International College of Philosophy. Geoffrey is widely known for his expertise in deconstruction and the works of Jacques Derrida and Jean-François Lyotard.

Geoffrey Bennington received his B.A., M.A., and D.Phil. from Oxford University. He is the Asa G. Candler Professor of Modern French Thought, Emory University since 2001. He was a Professor of French, University of Sussex (1992-2001). Geoffrey Bennington was the Chair of French, 1990-94; 1995-7. He was a Senior Lecturer in French, University of Sussex (1989-92). He also was a Lecturer in French, University of Sussex (1983-9). Geoffrey has held numerous academic positions such as: Director, Centre for Modern French Thought, University of Sussex (1997-2001), Directeur de programme correspondant, Collège International de Philosophie (1989-92), Visiting Fellow, Centre for Research in Philosophy and Literature, University of Warwick, November 1988, Research Fellow, Girton College, Cambridge (1982-3) Laming Junior Fellow, The Queen’s College, Oxford (1980-82, in Paris) and the Senior Heath Harrison Travelling Scholar, St. Catherine’s College, Oxford (1979-80, in Paris).

Geoffrey Bennington wrote the book Jacques Derrida with Jacques Derrida. Within the book Bennington contributes, "Derridabase". Derridabase is a play on introduction to philosophy books which attempt to provide a comprehensive explication of Derrida's work. "Derridabase" appears on the upper two-thirds of the book's pages, while Derrida's contribution, "Circumfession", is written on the lower third of each page. Derrida's "Circumfession" is a way of showing how Derrida's work goes beyond Bennington's explication.

Geoffrey Bennington is the author of many books including: Not Half No End: Militantly Melancholic Essays in Memory of Jacques Derrida. (Edinburgh University Press. 2010), Late Lyotard. (CreateSpace. 2005) Bennington, Geoffrey. Deconstruction Is Not What You Think...: And Other Short Pieces And Interviews. (CreateSpace. 2005), Open Book/Livre Ouvert. (CreateSpace. 2005) Other Analyses: Reading Philosophy. (CreateSpace. 2005), Frontières kantiennes. (CreateSpace. 2000), Frontiers: Kant, Hegel, Frege, Wittgenstein. (CreateSpace. 2003), Interrupting Derrida. (Routledge. 2000), Legislations: the Politics of Deconstruction. (Verso Books. 1994), Dudding: des noms de Rousseau. (Galilee. 1991), with Jacques Derrida. Jacques Derrida. (University of Chicago Press. 1993), Lyotard: Writing the Event. (Manchester University Press. 1988), Sententiousness and the Novel: Laying Down the Law in Eighteenth-Century French Fiction. (Cambridge University Press. 1986), and with Derek Attridge and Robert Young (Editors). Post-structuralism and the Question of History. (Cambridge University Press. 1983).

Geoffrey Bennington has translated numerous works and Seminars of Jacques Derrida and has also translated the following books: Derrida, Jacques and Hélène Cixous Veils. (Stanford University Press. August 29, 2001), Jacques Derrida and Geoffrey Bennington Jacques Derrida. (University of Chicago Press. 1993), Lyotard, Jean-François, Rachel Bowlby and Geoffrey Bennington (Translators). The Inhuman: Reflections on Time. (Stanford University Press. 1991), Ferrer, Daniel, Rachel Bowlby and Geoffrey Bennington (Translators). Virginia Woolf and the Madness of Language. (Routledge. 1990), Derrida, Jacques, Rachel Bowlby and Geoffrey Bennington (Translators). Of Spirit: Heidegger and the Question. (University of Chicago Press), Derrida, Jacques, Ian McLeod and Geoffrey Bennington (Translators). The Truth in Painting. (University of Chicago Press. 1987) and Lyotard, Jean-François, Brian Massumi and Geoffrey Bennington (Translators). The Postmodern Condition. (Manchester University Press. 1984).



Geoffrey Bennington is a professor of philosophy at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, where he teaches an Intensive Summer Workshop.