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Unformatted text preview: al term s us ing the neologis m differance. This refers to the realization that in any s tatem ent, oppos itional term s differ from each other (for ins tance, the difference between rationality and irrationality is cons tructed through oppos itional us age), and at the s am e tim e, a hierarchical relations hip is m aintained by the deference of one term to the other (in the pos iting of rationality over irrationality, for ins tance). It is this latter point which is perhaps the key to unders tanding Derrida's approach to decons truction, For the fact that at any given tim e one term m us t defer to its oppos itional 'other', m eans that the two term s are cons tantly in a s tate of interdependence. The pres ence of one is dependent upon the abs ence or 'abs entpres ence' of the 'other', s uch as in the cas e of good and evil, whereby to unders tand the nature of one, we m us t cons tantly relate it to the abs ent term in order to gras p its m eaning. That is , to do good, we m us t unders tand that our act is not evil for without that com...
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