Werner Hamacher

Philosopher, Author

1948 –


Who is Werner Hamacher?

Werner Hamacher is a German literary critic and theorist influenced by deconstruction. Hamacher studied philosophy, comparative literature and religious studies at the Free University of Berlin and the École Normale Supérieure, where he got in touch with Jacques Derrida. From 1998 to 2013 he was a Professor in the University of Frankfurt's Institute for General and Comparative Literature, and since 2003 at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.

He was previously Professor of German and the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University and taught for a number of years at New York University. He is the author of "Pleroma—Dialectics and Hermeneutics in Hegel" and "Premises: Essays on Philosophy from Kant to Celan" and the editor of the series Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics, published by Stanford University Press. He translated a selection of essays by Paul de Man into German.

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on July 23, 2013


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