Philosopher's family want university to drop suit

23rd February 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Feb 23, 2007 (AFP) - The family of the late French philosopher Jacques Derrida on Friday asked a US university to drop a lawsuit over documents that it claims were to be turned over for its collection.

PARIS, Feb 23, 2007 (AFP) - The family of the late French philosopher Jacques Derrida on Friday asked a US university to drop a lawsuit over documents that it claims were to be turned over for its collection.

The University of California at Irvine (UCI) launched the suit against Derrida's family in November, demanding 500,000 dollars in damages for failing to honour the terms of an agreement reached before his death.

Derrida, founder of the deconstructionist intellectual movement, taught at UCI for 15 years. He died in 2004 at the age of 74.

"This lawsuit is indecent and it must be withdrawn, pure and simple and without condition, for there to be constructive talks between the heirs of Jacques Derrida and UCI," said lawyer Agnes Tricoire, representing the family.

Tricoire said that Derrida had a falling out with the university before his death over the treatment of a colleague and that handing over the documents would not be in keeping with his last wishes.

"His family must respect the last wishes of a man who, at the end of his life, was profoundly disappointed with UCI," said the lawyer.

A prolific writer, Derrida also taught at Harvard University in Massachussetts and the Sorbonne in Paris.

Popular in the 1970s, deconstructionism rejects the idea that there is one single meaning to a literary work and seeks to decypher the multiple messages that may not necessarily have been intended by the author.

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