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To Do Justice to “Rousseau,” Irreducibly

Peggy Kamuf

in To Follow

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780748641543
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652136 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641543.003.0014
To Do Justice to “Rousseau,” Irreducibly

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Of Grammatology situates Rousseau's text, writing, thought, and experience in numerous ways, but may all be described as modes of découpage: of cutting, separating, partitioning, dividing. It is a matter of setting off thereby different levels or layers of the text from each other by identifying, to some extent, what Derrida calls their ‘structures of appurtenance’ – that is, their structures of association, belonging, or affiliation. Something ‘irreducibly Rousseauist’ would be a ‘point of irreducible originality’. An irreducible point ought to suggest that which cannot be broken down or divided any further; it would be very hasty, however, to understand Derrida's point in a quasi-geometrical sense of indivisibility.

Keywords: Of Grammatology; Jacques Derrida; découpage

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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