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Thinking like Jacques Derrida (1930-2004)

Thinking like Jacques Derrida (1930-2004)

Jackie - his real name - was born in Algeria on 15 July 1930. Some consider him as one of the greatest philosophers of the 20th century.

Part of thinking like Derrida is taking the things we take most for granted, such as our identity and language, and looking for assumptions, contradictions, and absences.

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Deconstructionism

In 1967 Jacques Derrida introduced a new method to philosophy named deconstruction.

It is the idea that if something is constructed, it can be de-constructed. Not just things like chairs, cars and houses but also concepts such as truth, justice, and God. Derrida reasoned t...

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Deconstruct a text to understand it

A text can be anything, a book, a movie, a recording.

  • Start by finding a silent space.
  • Next, find something to deconstruct: a poem, a timetable, a shopping list, philosophy, this text.
  • Start deconstructing

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Why engaging in deconstruction matters

The words and concepts we use, including the words in our mind we mistake for thinking, emerge from the culture around us.

No work can be pure in itself. Deconstruction is always happening in any work, and looking closely reveals how a text is happening and how the creat...

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The β€˜metaphysics of presence’

Deconstruction is not destruction. The concept or object is still there. To think deconstructively is not only to question accepted truths but to ask in whose interests it is if they are accepted.

Jacques Derrida was fascinated by the many factors that went into constructi...

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Treat every text with suspicion

  • Derrida thought there was no true assessment of a text. The dominant assessment tells us about the conditions around the text rather than the text itself.
  • To think like Derrida means looking at a text, finding what it is trying to promote, then looking in t...

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