Philosophy Through Story?

A documentary on philosopher Jacques Derrida poses more questions than it answers. Can you learn about a philosopher’s ideas by telling his life story? “How much can be learned of the life of the mind from the life of a great mind? What can a narrative approach, whether in film or in writing, tell us about the seemingly timeless world of concepts and constructs? Derrida notes that he is constitutionally incapable of telling stories, and so he tells none.”