Jacques Derrida - When asked to define Deconstruction,...

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Jacques Derrida Andy Kunkel Intro to Philosophy
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Background “Go there, where you cannot go, to the impossible, it is indeed the only way of coming or going”. Jacques Derrida Origin of Birth: El-Bair, Algeria. Birth: July 15, 1930. Death: October 8, 2004.
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Background (cont.) Born into a Jewish family during times of Anti-Semitism. Influenced by Rosseau, Nietzsche, and GWF Hegel. Hegel’s influence of opposites led to Derrida’s theory of Deconstruction. Attentive to binary oppositions (opposites) Ex. “Good” and “Bad”
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Theory of Deconstruction Deconstruction is a way to understand books, poems, and other written works through analyzing word choice and word meanings. Personal interpretation affects your perception of a text.
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Unformatted text preview: When asked to define Deconstruction, Derrida refused to do so. Written Works Wrote with a complexity and lack of structure in his style of writing. Writings didn’t include a introduction, conclusion, or thesis statements. Forced the reader to find his / her meanings. Wrote like a thinker and only wrote to get to a meaning. Criticism / Influence Highly criticized for his vague / ambiguous ideas. Critics felt he left the reader with “puzzled silence and irony”. Influenced literary studies, literary theory, psychology, legal studies, and architecture. Jacques Derrida “Go there, where you cannot go, to the impossible, it is indeed the only way of coming or going”. Jacques Derrida...
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