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Jacques Derrida

Anything related to Derrida is notoriously difficult to explain. But in a nutshell his concept of play challenges the traditionally structured approach to human knowledge. That is what we mean when...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2019 5:36 am UTC

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Jacques Derrida

When reading Derrida it is important to understand that he is primarily a critic of criticism. His goal is usually to critique the way that we interpret and construct meaning. Notably, he quotes...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2015 5:57 pm UTC

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Jacques Derrida

Différance functions in all language. The word différance means to differ and to defer. Derrida's theory is that all meaning is always already deferred. Therefore, no meaning is ever fully present....

Latest answer posted March 27, 2013 5:47 am UTC

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Jacques Derrida

The concept of aporia in Derrida's writings, and that of subsequent deconstructivists, is fairly complex. Effectively, Derrida is saying that aporia is a situation where the very elements that make...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2018 5:28 pm UTC

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Jacques Derrida

Yes, Montaigne's epigraph speaks to the core of Derrida's seminal essay "Structure, Sign and Play." In this essay, Derrida uses the work of anthropologist Levi-Strauss to argue that the foundations...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2020 6:27 pm UTC

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Jacques Derrida

First, in Levi-Strauss, structures are not inherently stable. Derrida references Levi-Strauss in order to pay him tribute: it was Levi-Strauss who first opened up to Derrida how unstable the...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2018 10:25 pm UTC

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Jacques Derrida

Deconstruction is a philosophical system of thought. It is applied to many fields and disciplines particularly to literature but also to fields as different from literature as anthropology and...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2013 3:48 pm UTC

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Jacques Derrida

The life work of Jacques Derrida was to challenge conventional or accepted meaning, particularly regarding language and symbols and how they create artificial structures. Therefore, his exposure to...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2020 10:08 pm UTC

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Jacques Derrida

I reread this classic essay, and it holds up as well now as when I was in graduate school. If you read only one Derrida essay to understand deconstruction (a term today misapplied indiscriminately...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2016 1:10 pm UTC

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Jacques Derrida

Derrida refers mostly to the binaries of presence/absence, being/nothingness, and speech/writing. But in explicating the deconstruction of those binaries, he (and others) deconstruct other binaries...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2013 9:10 pm UTC

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Jacques Derrida

Derrida's "Structure, Sign, and Play in the Discourse of Human Sciences" is an extraordinarily important essay in the post-structuralist movement. It highlights several major theoretical principles...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2020 2:54 pm UTC

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Jacques Derrida

Given the complexity of Derrida's essay "Plato's Pharmacy," eNotes space-limited tutoring format can give only a narrow glimpse at all that Derrida discusses in this essay that begins by attacking...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2013 8:18 pm UTC

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Jacques Derrida

Différance is the term Derrida uses to identify the notion that linguistic signifiers have (1) meaning that is deferred until a future time beyond the time of expression and have (2) meaning that...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2013 9:21 pm UTC

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Jacques Derrida

A commentary on différance might describe what différance means and what the significance of différance is in meaning, philosophy, and literature. Différance is a combination of two meanings "to...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2013 2:44 pm UTC

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Jacques Derrida

Jacques Derrida, the French philosopher who is usually considered the founder of “deconstruction,” was not primarily interested in literature and was not really a literary critic. Nevertheless,...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2012 2:44 am UTC

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Jacques Derrida

Derrida notes that critics have historically assumed that Plato flatly condemns writing in The Phaedrus. Derrida shows that writing, in Plato's text, is given a paradoxical quality of being useful...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2013 11:18 pm UTC

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