Art History Unstuffed. “Jacques Derrida and Logos”

Art History Unstuffed

“Jacques Derrida and Logos”

posted on July 18, 2014

 Within a few years of his challenge to Claude-Lévi Strauss, Jacques Derrida published his seminal series of books in which he broadened his Deconstruction of Enlightenment philosophy. Having questioned the “center” and the concept of the “structure,” Derrida began to question “presence” so often assumed in philosophical discourses.

As Derrida pointed out in “Structure Sign and Play,” it is necessary to structure these neat oppositions in order to control surplus meaning and indeed Structuralism and its entire edifice was “built” on binaries: signifier/signified, sensible/intelligible, speech/writing, diachrony/synchrony, space/time, passivity/activity–these oppositions are axiomatic but the ultimate point of reference, the prime assumption, is the “presence of a presence.”

Dr. Jeanne S. M. Willette

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