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date: 13 June 2024


The Oxford Companion to Philosophy
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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