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absent presence

absent presence  

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1. In poststructuralist theory, a concept most closely associated with Derrida, for whom it refers to the mythical status of the supposed hub of any system of ideas (see also deconstruction; ...
absent signifier

absent signifier  

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1. A particular feature which is perceived as missing from a representation in any medium, especially where it is ‘notable by its absence’, breaching expectations. See also commutation test; ...
always-already given

always-already given  

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1. (givenness) Broadly, in cultural theory, a key abstract concept that is taken for granted as an essential starting-point for any theory—often inexplicit but nevertheless the philosophical ...
aporia

aporia  

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A serious perplexity or insoluble problem. The Socratic method of raising problems without providing solutions is sometimes called the aporetic method. Deconstruction is often credited with ...
binary opposition

binary opposition  

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(semiotics) A pair of mutually-exclusive signifiers in a paradigm set representing categories which are logically opposed and which together define a complete universe of discourse: for example, ...
context

context  

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1. Most broadly, any frame of reference or framework within which something is perceived, produced, consumed, communicated, interpreted, or otherwise experienced, or which is seen as relevant to the ...
continental philosophy

continental philosophy  

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Inaccurate term used, often polemically, to refer to the writings of philosophers influenced by European political philosophers such as Hegel, Marx, or Heidegger, by phenomenology and existentialist ...
contradiction

contradiction  

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[Ge]A term used by Karl Marx to refer to mutually antagonistic tendencies in a society.
Course in General Linguistics

Course in General Linguistics  

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(Cours de linguistique générale, 1916). Ferdinand de Saussure (1857–1913) was a professor of Sanskrit and of the comparative grammar of Indo‐European languages at the University of Geneva when he ...
Deconstruction

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The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English

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was not so much a movement as a practice of reading, a learned habit of scepticism. It was chiefly associated with the work of the ...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms (2 ed.)

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A highly influential, anti-authoritarian approach to the problem of the interpretation and possible meanings of works of art. Its origins lie in the field of linguistic studies as ... More
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World Encyclopedia

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2004
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Key approach in literary criticism. It was pioneered by Jacques Derrida (1930–2004), who resisted a precise definition of

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A Dictionary of the Bible (2 ed.)

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A term used in modern secular literary criticism (e.g. by Jacques Derrida) and borrowed by biblical scholars to indicate

deconstruction

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Sarah Richmond

The Oxford Companion to Philosophy (2 ed.)

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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 ... More
Deconstruction

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The Oxford Companion to Western Art

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2003
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a procedure of poststructuralism, often used as a label for this trend in thinking. It is a method of

deconstruction

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Encyclopedia of Semiotics

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2007
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A theoretical and ethical activity that came to prominence in philosophy and literary criticism during the 1960s, deconstruction is not

Deconstruction and Feminism

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Lisa Walker

The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States

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are two late-twentieth-century movements connected by their shared interest in critiquing established Western philosophical and political traditions. The relationship between feminism and ... More
différance

différance  

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Term introduced by Derrida, combining the French for ‘difference’ and ‘deferral’. It is used to suggest both the Saussurean emphasis on meaning as the function of differences or contrasts within a ...
discourse analysis

discourse analysis  

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Generally refers to approaches to the study of language that examine the conditions of possibility of particular statements and their effects. Discourse analysis, in this sense, situates specific ...
dissemination

dissemination  

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Deriving from a form of the Latin disseminare (‘to scatter seed’), the term ‘dissemination’ means, in connection with manuscripts, the distribution or circulation of copies of a particular work. See ...

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