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date: 13 June 2024

deconstruction. 

Source:
The Oxford Companion to Philosophy
Author(s):
Sarah RichmondSarah Richmond

Introduced into philosophy by the French philosopher Jacques Derrida in the late 1960s, the term ‘deconstruction’ is now chiefly associated, despite the disclaimers of its originator, with a school of literary criticism. Derrida's disclaimers present a major obstacle to any attempt, this one included, to encapsulate his thought. He tells us that deconstruction is neither an analytical nor a critical tool; neither a method, nor an operation, nor an act performed on a text by a subject; that it is, rather, a term that resists both definition and translation. To make matters worse, he adds that ‘All sentences of the type “deconstruction is ... ...

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