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Introduction

Lewis Michael

in Derrida and Lacan

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780748636037
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652457 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748636037.003.0009
Introduction

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Jacques Derrida presents deconstruction as if it were not a thesis. Deconstruction involves no thesis of its own, it merely draws the most extreme consequences from the most penetrating discourses of its day, including, most importantly for the readers purposes, Ferdinand de Saussure's understanding of the signifier. It proposes itself as innocent of all idiosyncratic theses, about either the nature of language or the nature of the real that is otherwise than language and the manner whereby the one can or cannot reach the other. In its fundamental characteristics, deconstruction does not change from one end of Derrida's work to the other. The chapter addresses what Jacques Lacan's alternative comprises, concerning the animal, and the generation of the human being from animal nature. Finally, an overview of the chapters included in this book is given.

Keywords: deconstruction; Jacques Derrida; Jacques Lacan; language; animal; human being

Chapter.  6445 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy

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