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Derrida: <i>Différance</i> and the “Plural Logic of the Aporia”

Andrea Hurst

in Derrida Vis-à-vis Lacan

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780823228744
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235179 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823228744.003.0004

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Derrida: Différance               and the “Plural Logic of the Aporia”

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This chapter offers a detailed account of Jacques Derrida's quasi-transcendental thinking. It tries to undo the ties of the interpretative straitjacket that binds Derrida's thinking into an aneconomic freeplay of differences, which sees “deconstruction” as merely the hysterical dismantling of any construction. It also lays a basis for grasping Derrida's deconstructive readings of Sigmund Freud. The discussion begins by criticizing Richard Rorty's early misreadings, which provide excellent material for an attempt to counter the one-sidedness of readings that make of Derrida's philosophical strategy a freeplay relativism. To counter such misreadings, this chapter offers an account of différance in accordance with the “plural logic of the aporia”, aligning “différance as temporization” with the economic aporia and “différance as spacing” with the aneconomic aporia.

Keywords: Jacques Derrida; plural logic of the aporia; deconstruction; Sigmund Freud; Richard Rorty; différance; economic aporia; aneconomic aporia

Chapter.  17192 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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