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Single Idea 8211

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

Full Idea

The movement of 'différance', as that which produces different things, that which differentiates, is the common root of all the oppositional concepts that mark our language, such as sensible/intelligible, intuition/signification, nature/culture etc.

Gist of Idea

The movement of 'différance' is the root of all the oppositional concepts in our language


Jacques Derrida (Implications [1967], p.7)

Book Reference

Derrida,Jacques: 'Positions' [Continuum 2002], p.7

A Reaction

'Différance' is a word coined by Derrida, and his most famous concept. At first glance, the concept of a thing which is the source of all differentiation sounds like a fiction.