Gasché is well known for bringing a very deep and thorough training in German and French philosophy to his analyses of Jacques Derrida and Paul de Man. Early in his career, Gasché translated Derrida's major essays into German. After moving from Paris to Baltimore to take up a post with Johns Hopkins University, Gasché was among a group of young intellectuals who authored pathbreaking articles in the journal, "Glyph". However, it was his book, The Tain of the Mirror (Cambridge, MA: 1986), which introduced the special brand of rigor and depth that Gasché continuously offers to a wide circle of American readers. The Tain located the thought of Jacques Derrida within the philosophical tradition (particularly of phenomenology) at a time when his Anglophone reception was largely dominated by literary theory that focused on Derrida's flamboyant terminology without deeply probing its philosophical meaning. Gasché 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.