« Life Death is one of Jacques Derrida’s most fecund seminars. At stake: to think life and death in virtue of a logic that would not pose death as the opposite of life. The philosopher asks at the outset: is not the purity of life, in essence, contaminated by the very possibility of death, since only a living thing can die? In reversing the classical perspective, Derrida undertakes to teach his students that it is on the contrary death that makes life possible.
In fourteen erudite and exciting sessions delivered during the year 1975-1976 Derrida deconstructs the traditional opposition between life and death by way of multiple and deliberately pluridisciplinary readings, elaborating his thought as much in contact with philosophy (Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger) and the epistemology of the sciences (Georges Canguilhem) as in confrontation with contemporary genetics (François Jacob) and psychoanalysis (Freudian categories of life and death drives) ».