Start reading Learning to Live Finally: The Last Interview on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here or start reading now with a free Kindle Reading App.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device


Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.
Learning to Live Finally: The Last Interview

Learning to Live Finally: The Last Interview [Kindle Edition]

Jacques Derrida , Jean Birnbaum , Pascal-Anne Brault

Print List Price: £9.41
Kindle Price: £8.61 includes VAT* & free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet
You Save: £0.80 (9%)
* Unlike print books, digital books are subject to VAT.


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition £8.61  
Hardcover --  
Paperback £9.06  
Kindle Daily Deal
Kindle Daily Deal: At least 60% off
Each day we unveil a new book deal at a specially discounted price--for that day only. Learn more about the Kindle Daily Deal or sign up for the Kindle Daily Deal Newsletter to receive free e-mail notifications about each day's deal.

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Purchase any Kindle Book sold by and receive £1 credit to try out our Digital Music Store. Here's how (terms and conditions apply)

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

Product Description

Product Description

With death looming, Jacques Derrida, the world's most famous philosopher, known as the father of "deconstruction," sat down with journalist Jean Birnbaum of the French daily Le Monde. They revisited his life's work and his impending death in a long, surprisingly accessible, and moving final interview.

Sometimes called "obscure" and branded "abstruse" by his critics, the Derrida found in this book is open and engaging, reflecting on a long career challenging important tenets of European philosophy from Plato to Marx.

The contemporary meaning of Derrida's work is also examined, including a discussion of his many political activities. But, as Derrida says, "To philosophize is to learn to die"; as such, this philosophical discussion turns to the realities of his imminent death--including life with a fatal cancer. In the end, this interview remains a touching final look at a long and distinguished career.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 122 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Melville House (6 Dec 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004CFAWG6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #199,588 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Customer Reviews

There are no customer reviews yet on
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 4.8 out of 5 stars  4 reviews
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling 8 July 2007
By A. S. Proctor - Published on
My five stars is based on the overall value of this work. It offers a better insight into this man than any work ever has--including the film "Derrida" as well as his "Circumfession." If I were to base my rating on pure theoretical value, this would maybe be a "3 Star" review. However, the value of this short work is far greater than that.

I read it in one sitting and it gave me goosebumps on several occasions. These are the chilling words of a dying man baring his soul as he was formerly so opposed to doing.

If you're looking for an introduction to Derrida, this is not the book for you. If you're looking for the icing on the cake or perhaps further inspiration from this man, you will not be disappointed.
18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deconstructing one's own demise 30 Oct 2007
By o dubhthaigh - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'm not a big enthusiast of Derrida. Much like those who like to hear themselves talk, I have always come away from Derrida convinced he was someone who liked to watch himself write.
This book is anything but that, and certainly whether you are George Harrison or Jean Paul Sartre, death has a way of sharpening one's focus and editing the superfluous. Heidegger would have simply nodded and said, yes, being-toward-death does that. In the case of Derrida, the infatuation with his own opinions is dismissed and he gets down to what's real here. And to that extent this is indeed a moving, chilling and unblinkingly honest coming to terms.
You can draw your own conclusions when the book ends, but it reminded me of Sartre's HOPE NOW, an astounding last interview with Bernard Henri-Levy who was inisistent on getting Sartre to cop to Messianic Judaism and in his obsessive drive missed what Sartre was saying at the end of his life: that in what he had seen in the course of the human struggle, there was every reason for hope now. Derrida was always more positive than J-P S, and he seems intent on delivering a valedictory for the converted and the curious that by thinking, we approach the being of freedom.
A wonderful way to say good-bye...
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars traces of the man 16 Sep 2008
By Harry Freemantle - Published on
There are memorable insights into the man Jacques Derrida in this short book. Removed from the rarefied philosophical air of his works, we find him at home with his main support, his wife Marguerite - and an open suitcase - as he faces death. The theme of survival and self-preservation is uppermost in his thoughts and that the traces he has left along the way signify both his impending death and the hope these traces survive him. He is aware of the inbuilt contradictions in his thought and writing `I am at war with myself,' he says and makes no apology - `that is life.' The only disappointing aspect for me is his articulation of a utopian European dream, emerging from political dislocation and crisis, but this does not detract from a thoroughly worthwhile read. Along the way Derrida leads you into some of his texts and the chronologically arranged Selected Bibliography at the end is most useful.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars short but intense 3 Feb 2013
By Duy Q. Vu - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Learning to live,"structurally" is short in pages - like life on earth- but the book is intense, and rich in content. The book starts with the perennial definition " what is life" (qu'est ce que c'est la vie)? Answer: To learn to live is to learn to die. This statement seems to cut short the discussion, but the description of the "thing" after life is better to be described in French: " survie". In French the term can be divided in two parts: sur and vie (life). "Sur" can be translated into above, beyond, in... depending on the context. He choosed "beyond". Apres la vie il y a une vie au-dessus de la vie presente- there is a " beyond life" after the present life". "Sur" also carries the meaning to overcome. For those left behind obviously they have to deal with the "civil" procedures pertaining to the deceased: assets,wills, debt and money( if you are on the list of the top 100 of Forbes) and, those things are not easy to deal with since the survivors have to carry also the emotional burden of the event. Not a very civilized way to deal with somebody who just lost a loved one. But that's only the beginning of the message. Read the book and make your own opinion.
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know

Popular Highlights

 (What's this?)
deconstruction is always on the side of the yes, on the side of the affirmation of life. &quote;
Highlighted by 7 Kindle users
Each book is a pedagogy aimed at forming its reader. The mass productions that today inundate the press and publishing houses do not form their readers; they presuppose in a phantasmatic and rudimentary fashion a reader who has already been programmed. They thus end up preformatting this very mediocre addressee whom they had postulated in advance. &quote;
Highlighted by 5 Kindle users
I am at war with myself, it’s true, you couldn’t possibly know to what extent, beyond what you can guess, and I say contradictory things that are, we might say, in real tension; they are what construct me, make me live, and will make me die. &quote;
Highlighted by 5 Kindle users

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Look for similar items by category