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Single Idea 8210

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

Full Idea

To 'deconstruct' philosophy would be to think the structured genealogy of philosophy's concepts, but at the same time determine what this history has been able to dissimulate or forbid, making itself into history by this motivated repression.

Gist of Idea

Deconstructing philosophy gives the history of concepts, and the repressions behind them


Jacques Derrida (Implications [1967], p.5)

Book Reference

Derrida,Jacques: 'Positions' [Continuum 2002], p.5

A Reaction

All of this type of philosophy is motivated by what I think of as (I'm afraid!) a rather adolescent belief that we are all being 'repressed', and that somehow, if we think hard enough, we can all become 'free', and then everything will be fine.