Jacques Derrida ( born Jackie Élie Derrida'; July 15, 1930 – October 9, 2004) was a French philosopher, born in French Algeria. Derrida is best known for developing a form of semiotic analysis known as deconstruction. He is one of the major figures associated with post-structuralism and postmodern philosophy.
During his career Derrida published more than 40 books, together with hundreds of essays and public presentations. He had a significant influence upon the humanities, art, and art critics. Derrida was said to "leave behind a legacy of himself as the 'originator' of deconstruction."