Rodolphe Gasché

Rodolphe Gasché

Rodolphe Gasché (born 1937) holds the Eugenio Donato Chair of Comparative Literature at the University of Buffalo, State University of New York.


Gasché obtained his doctorate from the Freie Universität Berlin, where he has also taught. Before going to Buffalo he taught at Johns Hopkins University.


Gasché is well known for his book, The Tain of the Mirror (1986), which located the thought of Jacques Derrida within the philosophical tradition at a time when his Anglophone reception was largely dominated by literary theory. He has also written extensively on other philosophical and literary topics, including the work of Georges Bataille, Paul de Man, Martin Heidegger, and Immanuel Kant, as well as German idealism, German Romanticism, phenomenology, hermeneutics, and critical theory.


  • Views and Interviews: On "Deconstruction" in America (Aurora, Colorado: The Davies Group Publishers, 2007).
  • The Honor of Thinking: Critique, Theory, Philosophy (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2006).
  • The Idea of Form: Rethinking Kant's Aesthetics (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2003).
  • Of Minimal Things: Studies on the Notion of Relation (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1999).
  • The Wild Card of Reading: On Paul de Man (Cambridge, Massachusetts, & London: Harvard University Press, 1998).
  • Inventions of Difference: On Jacques Derrida (Cambridge, Massachusetts, & London: Harvard University Press, 1994).
  • The Tain of the Mirror: Derrida and the Philosophy of Reflection (Cambridge, Massachusetts, & London: Harvard University Press, 1986).
  • System und Metaphorik in der Philosophie von Georges Bataille (Bern: Lang, 1978).
  • Die hybride Wissenschaft (Stuttgart: Metzler, 1973).

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