There are many different terms that Derrida employs Logocentrism emphasises the privileged role that. Derrida’s logocentrism approach challenges the privileging of speech article, these ideas of Derrida are applied by reading the Logos in the. Logocentrism: deconstruction: Deconstruction in philosophy: a manifestation of the “logocentrism” of Western culture—i.e., the general assumption that there is.

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Nothing would be more antithetical to deconstruction’s stated intent than this attempt at defining it through the decidedly metaphysical question “what is deconstruction?

It is on that condition alone that deconstruction will provide the means of intervening in the field of oppositions it criticises” M Basically then, metaphysical thought always privileges one side of an opposition, and ignores or marginalises the alternative term of that opposition. Ethics, with its dependence upon generality, must be continually sacrificed as an inevitable aspect of the human condition and its aporetic demand to decide GD Notify me of new comments via email.

Derrida speaks of the first aspect of this deconstructive strategy as being akin to a fidelity and a “desire to be faithful to the themes and audacities of a thinking” WD Margins of Philosophytrans.

Jacques Derrida (1930—2004)

This notion that the written word is a sign of a sign has a long history in Western thought. Of Grammatology is a method of investigating the origin of language logocentriam enables our concepts of writing to become as comprehensive as our concepts of speech. Monolingualism of the Other or the Prosthesis of Origintrans.

According to Saussure in his Course in General Linguistics”The linguistic object is not defined by the combination of the written word and the spoken word: Another example of the supplement might be masturbation, as Derrida suggests Drrridaor even the use of birth control precautions. Binary opposition wishes to establish that a word has meaning qua its relation to its opposite. Really makes you wonder why it is that some things are simplistically posited on a binary in society….


It follows then that an originary present must bear an originary trace, the present trace of a past which never took place, an absolute past.

Utilising the same structure of repetition, nothing guarantees that another person will endow the words I use with the particular meaning that I attribute to them. If a decision is an example of a concept that is simultaneously impossible within its own internal logic and yet nevertheless necessary, then not only is our reticence to decide rendered philosophically cogent, but it is perhaps even privileged.

In highlighting the fallacies of structuralist logocentrism, Derrida offers a new way to analyse, critique and interpret texts, in an infinitely investigative and holistic manner rather than defining them by tiered binary rules and transposable centres.

Perhaps the most obvious aspect of Derrida’s later philosophy is his advocation of the tout autrethe wholly other, and The Gift of Death will be our main focus in explaining what this exaltation of the wholly other might mean. Northwestern University Press, edition LI. Logocentrism emphasises the privileged role that logosor speech, has been accorded in the Western tradition see Section 3. Phallogocentrism points towards the patriarchal significance of this privileging.


Writing is conceptualized as exterior to speech, and speech is conceptualized as exterior to thought. In particular, Derrida has described the paradoxes that afflict notions like giving, hospitality, forgiving and mourning.

Arche-writing refers to a more generalised notion of writing that insists that the breach that the written introduces between what is intended to be conveyed and what is actually conveyed, is typical of an originary breach that afflicts everything one might wish to keep sacrosanct, including the notion of self-presence. Needs Improvement [Jon Paul Fiorentino] weird canada. Reflecting upon tales of Jewish tradition, he highlights the absolute singularity of responsibility to the other.

Derrida and the deconstruction of Logocentrism « haphazard academia

Kamuf et al, Stanford: Deconstruction, Theology and PhilosophyCambridge: In various texts, Derrida contests this valorisation of an undivided subjectivity, as well as the primacy that such a position accords to the ‘now’, or to some other kind of temporal immediacy. He also acknowledges that the more the self “keeps the foreign element inside itself, the more it excludes it” Fors xvii.


Memoirs of the Blind: Casey in Phenomenology in Perspectiveed. In this sense not only must the person taking the decision not know everything Fifty Nine Periphrasesin Bennington, G.

And, should we be convinced by his criticism of logocentric thought, it will seem to be the case that a rethinking of the relationship between the mediums of speech and writing is in order. And I can never justify this sacrifice; I must always hold my peace about it This is partly because it is even problematic to speak of a ‘work’ of deconstruction, since deconstruction only highlights what was already revealed in the text itself. It would make no sense at all to attack the metaphysical axiom of the essentiality of presence and then simply make the opposite metaphysical claim, privileging absence.

For Derrida, there can be no presence-to-self, or self-contained identity, because the ‘nature’ of our temporal existence is for this type of experience to elude us.

I really learn from this but it will fit us if you could give more. Interviews,ed.

University of Chicago Press, WD. Otobiography, Transference, Translationtrans. God are importantly distinct from the ethical demands of our society GD 61, According to Derrida, however, his discussion does not amount merely to an empirical or psychological claim about logkcentrism difficulty of transcending an immature and egocentric conception of giving.

All of these works have been influential for different reasons, but it is Of Grammatology that remains his most famous work it is analysed in some detail in this article. Again, as for Saussure, structuralism in literary theory is condemned to fail on account of its own foundation: