Define the term "différance'' for Derrida in simple words with examples. From Writing and Difference and Margins of Philosophy.
The concept of difference comes from the structuralist Ferdinand de Saussure. He claimed that there was no inherent relationship between a word (spoken/written) and its signified idea or object. Consider that there are many languages and therefore many different words for tree. The letters that form "tree" mean tree because we as a community agree that "tree" represents tree. But "tree" has other forms in other languages. It is not the word that creates meaning; it is the difference of the word (signifier) "tree" to other words that gives it meaning. The word "tree" is a signifier and meaning is established by the relationships of difference "tree" has with other signifiers and thereby with other signifieds (ideas/objects). "Tree" means something only when it has a context: a tree is a plant that makes its own food that takes in carbon dioxide, etc. (We literally need other words/ideas (signifiers/signifieds) in order to explain "tree." "Tree" can not mean something on its own.
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