Derrida and the Problem of History 1964–1965

This article examines Jacques Derrida's treatment of history in his recently published 1964-1965 seminar on Heidegger. Derrida argues that Being and Time signals a commendable break with the treatment of nonhistoricity by Hegel and Husserl. At the same time, Derrida addresses Heidegger's association with National Socialism. The seminar shows us that terms used in Of Grammatology, such as trace, différance and repetition, had been elaborated in 1964-1965 in relation to problems of history, heritage, tradition and epoch. The article ends with some wider questions about Derrida and the history of philosophy and the philosophy of history