Philosopher and cultural theorist who focused on postmodernism and post-structuralism.
He attended Sorbonne University, the first person in his family to go on to college.
He wrote about the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City in his essay The Spirit of Terrorism. He called the attacks the absolute event.
His grandparents were peasants and his parents were servants.
He was influenced by Friedrich Nietzsche.