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Jacques Derrida, born in Algiers in , teaches philosophy at the Ecole In Dissemination, then, Jacques Derrida undertakes a finely (dis)articulated. Derrida, Jacques - Maryanne Moll. Loading Preview. Sorry, preview is currently unavailable. You can download the paper by clicking the. View and download on DocDroid.

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Derrida - Dissemination - Free ebook download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read book online for free. First published in , Dissemination contains three of Derrida's most central and seminal works: 'Plato's Pharmacy', 'The Double PDF eBook (Watermarked) . Jacques Derrida. Note. 1 This is written against an explicit theme of my book Derrida, "Plato's Pharmacy". wanted to get out, even at the end, to escape the.

Trace (deconstruction)

Trace is also not linear or chronological in any sense of the word, "This trace relates no less to what is called the future than what is called the past, and it constitutes what is called the present by the very relation to what it is not, to what it absolutely is not; that is, not even to a past or future considered as a modified present". This interweaving, this textile, is the text produced only in the transformation of another text".

Derrida's concept of "trace" is quite similar to Martin Heidegger 's concept of Dasein , although from different perspectives. Here, we see the relationship between Heideggerian existentialism and the Derridian concept of "trace", which, in turn, will also work as an indicator of a very close relationship between existentialism and deconstruction.

Derrida's first indebtedness to Heidegger lies in his use of the notion of sous rature 'under erasure'. To write 'Under erasure' is to write a word, cross it out, and then print both word and deletion. The word is inaccurate which itself is an inaccurate word , hence the cross, yet the word is necessary, hence the printing of the word. This is one of the principal strategies of Derrida: Derrida himself explains:.

No longer is any truth-value [or rigorous meaning] attributed to them; there is a readiness to abandon them if necessary if other instruments should appear more useful. In the meantime, their relative efficacy is exploited, and they are employed to destroy this old machinery to which they belong and of which they themselves are pieces.

However, now that we are done discussing this Derridian strategy, let us get back to the concept of sous rature. To understand it properly, we need to learn about Heidegger 's existentialist theories.

In doing so, we will also explore the link between existentialism and structuralism.

Heidegger said that the possibility of 'being', or what he called "Dasein" meaning being-there , is the presupposition behind any definition, any defined entity. He comes to this decision through the general problem of definition: This Being is not an answer to a question, as it predates any thought, or possibility of thought: Yet, Heidegger refuses the metaphysicality of the word "Being", and tries to keep it to the human realm by crossing it out.

When Heidegger puts "Being" before all concepts, he is trying to put an end to a certain trend of Western philosophy that is obsessed about the origin, and by the same token, the end.

Putting "Being" under erasure is an attempt by Heidegger to save his concept of "Being" from becoming the metaphysical origin and the eschatological end of all entities. Yet, by making "Dasein" or "Being" his master-word, his function-word, Heidegger, nonetheless, fails to do so. Heidegger's concept of "Dasein" is similar to the Structuralist concept of the 'signified'. To put it simply, in Structuralism, all signifiers are directly connected to an extra-linguistic signified, the invariable ones.

To 'mean' anything, a signifier must presuppose a signified already-always outside it. This is what Derrida terms as the "transcendental signified": Only when an endless chain of other signifiers , other words, hints, get associated with it, it finally acquires meaning 'Camel' is understandable only when it is thinly associated with many related words, such as 'animal', 'desert', 'cigarette', 'long neck etc.

In other words, language is this movement]. Dasein, by being under the erasure, claims to remain in the realm of physicality, but by being prior and anterior to any entity, and any thought, it remains outside them. In short, Heidegger's idea of "Dasein" fails to overcome the metaphysical trap. Derrida takes almost a similar strategy. But in his case, he puts the concept of "trace" under erasure. Trace, unlike "Dasein", is the absence of the presence, never itself the Master-word; it is the radically "other", it plays within a certain structure of difference.

To Derrida, sign is the play of identity and difference; half of the sign is always "not there", and another half "not that" [We define everything negatively, a chair is 'not' a table, 'not' five-legged, one-legged, 'not' animate, 'not' of flesh. For detailed discussion, check Ferdinand de Saussure.

The sign never leads to the extra-linguistic thing, it leads to another sign, one substituting the other playfully inside the structure of language. We do not feel the presence of a thing through a sign, but through the absence of other presences, we guess what it is.

To Derrida, trace and not "being-there", difference and not-identity, create meaning inside language. This is the main difference between Heideggerian Dasein and Derridian trace.

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A User's Guide Palgrave Macmillan, Reconciled here to a Heideggerian intention,—as it is not in Levinas's thought—this notion signifies, sometimes beyond Heideggerian discourse, the undermining of an ontology which, in its innermost course, has determined the meaning of being as presence and the meaning of language as the full continuity of speech.

This deconstruction of presence accomplishes itself through the deconstruction of consciousness, and therefore through the irreducible notion of the trace Spur , as it appears in both Nietzschean and Freudian discourse. The concept of the arche-trace must comply with both the necessity and the erasure The trace is not only the disappearance of origin, And finally 5 as one uses Derrida's list of technical terms like "trace," "supplement," and "differance" what becomes apparent is that the stated meaning of a text or of its author can always be found to really express the opposite of that stated meaning.

One should note that the ideas constituting Derrida's basic thesis that no true meaning exists anywhere are not accepted by all critical theorists. Derrida begins his long essay to prove that Plato had things backwards when the latter claimed that speech has privilege and priority over writing.

Derrida does not come out and bluntly assert that Plato is wrong. In fact, "Plato's Pharmacy" is marked by a series of convoluted and highly allusive twists of logic that Derrida obviously believes proves his own thesis that writing is privileged over speaking. In fact, Derrida is cleverly using his own deconstructive technique as a scalpel to dissect Plato's claims about the privileging of speech over writing.

Most of this essay uses various combinations of the Greek word pharmakos, which translates into English as "scapegoat" or "sorcerer. It is precisely here that Derrida begins to weave his deconstructive thread that the absence of one word like pharmakos will act as a "trace" that will nudge the reader into associating it with another and similar word like pharmakon which translates either as "sorcerer" or "wizard".

The word "trace" is a key concept in Derridean thought as it suggests Derrida hates to define anything since the act of definition tends to support the reality of a transcendental signified so he uses linguistic subterfuge by "suggesting" or "implying" that a wispy ephemeral non-substantive non-object like a "trace" may perform its subliminal magic that a word that is not really "there" may be "there" anyway. It is Plato's non-use of pharmakos scapegoat that Derrida uses to emphasize via its trace lineage that Athenians would choose one unfortunate individual to suffer for the collective sins of the populace.

See Shirley Jackson's short story "The Lottery" for a dramatization of the theme Plato refers often to Socrates using one of pharmakos's derivatives pharmakon.

Thus, Socrates is explicitly linked to sorcerer even as he is implicitly linked as scapegoat. Using this same sort of linkage, Derrida is able for those who accept this logic to similarly link and thus subvert a wide range of binaries that Plato assumes all point toward a transcendental signified: When Derrida notes that speech is no more than a variation of writing, he asserts that Plato--in his insistence on a sharp demarcation between them that cannot withstand the sort of deconstructive reversal of binaries--has unwittingly subverted his own thesis concerning the privileging of speech over writing.

Finally, Derrida points out the irony that Plato uses writing to attack writing. Derrida rocks! One person found this helpful. As important as Of Gramatology, is this book in the thought of Derrida.

If you want to get into Derrida's World you should read this book. Of his own admission p. If it weren't for professors of literature, he would have been buried deep in the trash heap of philosophy. As for the merits of translator Barbara Johnson, unreconcilable is not a word, even if Derrida intended it as such, just like his stupid differance, a word that isn't a word, though he said it was just to make a fortune. I will not feign, according to the code, either premeditation or improvisation.

The question astir here, precisely is that of presentation. Hence the necessity, today, of working out at every turn, with redoubled effort, the question of the preservation of names: Why should an old name, for a determinate time, be retained? Why should the effects of a new meaning, concept, or object be damped by memory?

Our lexicon an any rate is not far from being exhausted. With the exception of this or that supplement, our questions will have nothing more to name but the texture of the text, reading and writing, mastery and play, the paradoxes of supplementarity, and the graphic relations between the living and the dead: It is a difficulty inherent in its very principle, situated less in the passage from one language to another, from one philosophical language to another, than already, as we shall see, in the tradition between Greek and Greek; a violent difficulty in the transference of a nonphilosopheme into a philosopheme.

With this problem of translation we will thus be dealing with nothing less than the problem of the very passage into philosophy. And it is not the object of a science, only of a history that is recited, a fable that is repeated.

The link between writing and myth becomes clearer, as does its opposition to knowledge, notably the knowledge one seeks in oneself, by oneself. And at the same time, through writing or through myth, the genealogical break and the estrangement from the origin are sounded.

One should note most especially that what writing will later be accused ofrepeating without knowingand defines the very approach that leads to the statement and determination of its status.

One thus begins By repeating without knowingthrough a myththe definition of writing, which is to repeat without knowing.

And the good one can be designated only through the metaphor of the bad one. Metaphoricity is the logic of contamination and the contamination of logic. Whereas all it wanted to do was to distinguish between writing and speech. See all 15 reviews. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?


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This article possibly contains original research. Derrida himself explains:. In his own words:. If it weren't for professors of literature, he would have been buried deep in the trash heap of philosophy.

To comprehend Derrida's analysis of Phaedrus, one must have a working understanding of deconstruction. In French, the word trace has a range of meanings similar to those of its English equivalent, but also suggests meanings related to the English words "track", "path", or "mark".

In Dissemination -more than any previous work-Derrida joins in the revelry, weaving a complex pattern of puns, verbal echoes and allusions, intended to 'deconstruct' both the pretension of criticism to tell the truth about literature, and the pretension of philosophy to the literature of truth.

In fact, according to Derrida, Logocentrism is so all-pervasive that the mere act of opposing it cannot evade it by any margin.

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