Michael Naas Promoted to Commandeur by French Government

Genesis Villarreal
May 27, 2015

On May 19, the French government promoted Michael Naas, professor and chair of the Department of Philosophy at DePaul, to the rank of Commandeur -the highest title in the Order of the French Academic Palms -for his service and contribution to French education and culture. Vincent Floreani, Consul General of France in Chicago, presented him with the decoration of his new rank.

The French Academic Palms is a ministerial order first recognized by the French Republic in 1955. Members, both foreigners and French living abroad, are recognized for their active service and contribution to French education and culture.

Naas maintains a close connection with France and French culture. Every summer he, along with graduate students from DePaul, visits France through the Derrida Seminars Translation Project, a week-long workshop held in the Insitut Mémoires de l'Edition Contemporaine. Team members and students have the opportunity to study, review and translate the works of renowned French philosopher, Jacques Derrida.

A specialist in contemporary French Philosophy, Naas has authored four books on the work of Jacques Derrida, the most recent published earlier this year, The End of the World and Other Teachable Moments: Jacques Derrida's Final Seminar (Fordham University Press). He also is the co-editor of Jacques Derrida's The Work of Mourning (University of Chicago Press, 2001) and Chaque fois unique, la fin du monde (Galilée, 2004) and co-translator, with Pascale-Anne Brault, professor of French at DePaul, of more than 10 books by French philosophers.

"It is extremely gratifying to see my work in French philosophy, which began some three decades ago thanks to a student exchange program in Paris, recognized by the French government in this way," says Naas. "It's a truly tremendous honor."