more from Jacques Derrida

Single Idea 6840

[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / H. Continental Philosophy / 6. Deconstruction]

Full Idea

In Derrida's later work we find him moving explicitly towards a belief in the undeconstructability of justice, as he puts it, which is an overarching value that cannot be relativised.

Gist of Idea

Derrida came to believe in the undeconstructability of justice, which cannot be relativised


report of Jacques Derrida (later work [1980]) by Simon Critchley - Interview with Baggini and Stangroom p.191

Book Reference

Baggini,J/Stangroom,J: 'New British Philosophy' [Routledge 2002], p.191

A Reaction

A nice corrective to the standard Anglo-Saxon assumption that Derrida is an extreme (and stupid) relativist. The notion of 'undeconstructability' is nice, just as Descartes found an idea that resisted the blasts of scepticism.