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October 10, 2004

Derrida is dead

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He died Friday at a hospital in Paris of pancreatic cancer at 74.

The originator of deconstructionism, his argument that the meaning of a collection of words is not fixed and unchanging, most famously capsulized as "there is nothing outside the text," both inspired and infuriated a generation of intellectuals and students.

Deconstruction, like existentialism a generation before, has become fixed in the popular mindset and modern culture.

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Derrida believed language is inadequate to provide a clear and unambiguous view of reality.

I believe language is adequate to provide a clear and unambiguous view of multiple co-existing realities.

October 10, 2004 at 09:01 PM | Permalink


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