The Influence of Jacques Derrida’s Deconstruction on | Help Me
The following guest post is by my graduate student Meghan Hawkins , who is a social studies teacher at Normal Community High School in Normal, Illinois. She and her colleagues were charged with writing about a groundbreaking historian or theorist. I liked this essay so much I thought it deserved a larger audience than an audience of one. No negation ought to be able to measure up to what is happening so as to be able to describe it. To begin a biographical sketch of Derrida is to, in many senses, bear false witness against Derrida.
The Influence of Jacques Derrida’s Deconstruction on Contemporary Sociology
In the Anglo-Saxon world, Jacques Derrida often gets a bad press. This was an attempt to refute the charge that deconstruction has no respect for the text and seeks to reduce everything to the same level. I have written on this blog before about the poetry of Paul Celan who has also been accused of unreadable obscurity and my belief that his work is the most important poetry of the last 50 years.
Jacques Derrida's theory of the sign fits into the poststructuralist movement, which runs counter to Saussurean structuralism the legacy of linguist Ferdinand de Saussure. Maintaining that the signifier the form of a sign refers directly to the signified the content of a sign , structuralist theory has passed down a whole current of logocentric speech-centred thought that originated in the time of Plato. With writing as his basis the written sign , Derrida has taken on the task of disrupting the entire stream of metaphysical thought predicated on oppositions.