Derrida's Saussure

Roy Harris

in Saussure and his Interpreters

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2001 | ISBN: 9780748613083
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652334 | DOI:
Derrida's Saussure

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This chapter examines Jacques Derrida's interpretation of Ferdinand de Saussure's linguistic ideas. It explains that Derrida considered Saussure as one of the founders of modern linguistics and as one of the culprits responsible for perpetuating an ancient, ethnocentric and flawed view of the relationship between speech and writing. The chapter argues that it is likely that Derrida had not kept up to date with linguistics before he launched his anti-Saussurean polemic.

Keywords: Jacques Derrida; Ferdinand de Saussure; linguistics; speech; writing; anti-Saussurean polemic

Chapter.  7635 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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