PERSONAL: Male. Education: Attended State University of New York at Stony Brook and École des hautes Études Pratiques (Paris, France).
ADDRESSES: Offıce—Department of Philosophy, DePaul University, Byrne Hall, 2219 Kenmore Ave., Chicago, IL 60614.
CAREER: DePaul University, Chicago, IL, professor of philosophy.
Turning: From Persuasion to Philosophy, Humanities Press (Atlantic Highlands, NJ), 1995.
(Translator, with Pascale-Anne Brault) Jean Francois Lyotard, The Hyphen: Between Judaism and Christianity, Humanity Books (Amherst, NY), 1999.
(Translator and editor, with Pascale-Anne Brault) Jacques Derrida, The Work of Mourning, University of Chicago Press (Chicago, IL), 2002.
Taking on the Tradition: Jacques Derrida and theLegacies of Deconstruction, Stanford University Press (Stanford, CA), 2003.
Contributor to books, including On Jean-Luc Nancy: The Sense of Philosophy, edited by Darren Sheppard, Simon Sparks and Colin Thomas, Routledge (London, England), 1997; and Interrogating the Tradition: Hermeneutics and the History of Philosophy, State University of New York Press (Albany, NY), 1999. Contributor to periodicals, including Philosophy Today, Research in Phenomenology, Studies in Practical Philosophy: A Journal of Ethical and Political Philosophy, Fragmente: A Magazine of Contemporary Poetics, and Paragraph: A Journal of Modern Critical Theory.
SIDELIGHTS: Michael Naas is a specialist in the works of Jacques Derrida and a regular translator of Derrida's books and essays. A professor of philosophy trained in France and America, Naas has been a friend of Derrida's for more than a decade. As such he has the trust of the great French intellectual and "father of deconstructionism." In an Ethics magazine review of Adieu to Emmanuel Levinas, a critic noted that the text "is indispensable for understanding the work" of both Derrida and Levinas. The critic further concluded: "The translation is excellent." In a Times Literary Supplement review, Robert Eaglestone included Naas and Pascale-Anne Brault's edited and translated The Work of Mourning amongst an exclusive list of books that "offer a view of Derrida's past, present and future that, to some extent, reveals who—and what—he is now." Eaglestone added: "The Derrida who emerges from these books is a philosopher doing only what a philosopher does, neither burning down the house nor completely rebuilding it." Eaglestone felt that the essays collected in The Work of Mourning "highlight the way in which Derrida is part of a wave of European thought."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Choice, July-August, 1995, review of Turning: FromPersuasion to Philosophy, pp. 1724-1725.
Ethics, July, 2001, review of Adieu to Emmanuel Levinas, p. 841.
Library Journal, October 1, 2002, Francisca Goldsmith, review of Taking on the Tradition: Jacques Derrida and the Legacies of Deconstruction, p. 100.
Publishers Weekly, May 4, 1992, review of The Other Heading: Reflections on Today's Europe, p. 50.
Times Literary Supplement, September 6, 2002, Robert Eaglestone, "A Star Grows Old," pp. 9-10.
French Culture,http://www.frenchculture.org/ (May 5, 2003), review of The Work of Mourning.*