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Derrida's Special Theory of Performativity

J. Hillis Miller

in For Derrida

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230334
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235216 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823230334.003.0007
Derrida's Special Theory of             Performativity

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This chapter presents two hypotheses. (1) Performativity in the sense of the way a dance, a musical composition, or a part in a play is performed has practically nothing to do with performativity in the sense of the ability a given enunciation has to function as a performative speech act. (2) Derrida's late work proposes a special theory of performativity. This theory is without antecedent in previous theorists of speech acts.

Keywords: Jacques Derrida; performativity; speech acts

Chapter.  18848 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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