Thus any act of interpretation m us t refer not only

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Unformatted text preview: believe to be pres ent but als o on what is abs ent. Thus , any act of interpretation m us t refer not only to what the author of a text intends , but als o to what is abs ent from his or her intention. This ins ight leads , once again, to Derrida's further rejection of the idea of the definitive authority of the intentional agent or s ubject. The s ubject is decentred; it is conceived as the outcom e of relations of differance. As author of its own biography, the s ubject thus becom es the ideological fiction of m odernity and its logocentric philos ophy, one that depends upon the form ation of hierarchical dualis m s , which repres s and deny the pres ence of the abs ent 'other'. No m eaning can, therefore, ever be definitive, but is m erely an outcom e of a particular interpretation. 15. According to the pas s age, Derrida believes that a . Re a lity ca n b e co n s tru e d o n ly th ro u g h th e u s e o f ra tio n a l a n a lys is . b . La n g u a g e limits o u r co n s tru ctio n o f re a lity c. A u n ive rs a l la n g u a g e w ill fa cilit...
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