De La Grammatologie
"One of the major works in the development of contemporary criticism and philosophy." -- J. Hillis Miller, Yale University
Jacques Derrida's revolutionary theories about deconstruction, phenomenology, psychoanalysis, and structuralism, first voiced in the 1960s, forever changed the face of European and American criticism. The ideas in De la grammatologie sparked lively deba...more
Searle willfully misreads Derrida, or at the very least, doesn't take the time to understand his theory properly. The supposed limitation of deconstruction, the idea "that deconstruction deconstructs itself," is a "limitation" that De ...more
Yes Derrida tends to be a bit verbose and redundant. However once you get past the syntax you will find a philosophy that is deep and inherent in our postmodern society. Sometimes I say to myself while reading this, "why can you just use plain clarification like Ferdinand De Saussure?!" Derrida tends to explain the explanations with more confusion.
I will paraphrase the context here in brevity to help clarify. Foot notes, cliff-notes, other books and lectures served me well with the grappling ...more
In my own (possibly simplistic) interpretation, deconstruction works--impossibly, of course--at ground zero. It is an attempt to flatten preconceptions. Derrida explains in Of Grammatology, how Rousseau's writing subverts the nature/cult ...more
phonology/phonematics/phonetics/glossematics). And even if one wi ...more
Of Grammatology not only destabilizes the linguistic sign and expose ...more
But otherwise, never before has so little of such small impact been said with so many words, expended from the text like the spore cloud of a dying mushroom.
'Postmodernists parade their relativism as a superior kind of humility — the modest acceptance that we cannot claim to have the truth. In fact, the postmodern denial of truth is the worst kind of arrogance. In denying that th ...more
تتسابق الموضوعات على أن تأخذ صفة العلم ، لما كان للعلم من دقة نظرية وعملية في فضاء الواقع الإنساني ، فإذا كان علم اللغويات يراهن على ان يصبح علما مؤسسا على حقائق علم اللغة كذلك الكتابة تطمح لهذا التشريف بالقدر نفسه خصوصا وأن الكتابة واللغة في تكوينهما قريبان جدا ، وعلم اللغة يقدم نفسه كأساس ابستمولوجي للعلوم الانسانية ، فاللغة عند أرسطو رموز لحالات في النفس والكلمات المكتوبة رموز للكلمات التي يخرجها الصوت البشري ، من هنا يكون الصوت التمثيل الرسمي للكتابة التي تأخذ تارة شكله ...more
The pagination of my book is different, so, to clarify, I'm on only on p 14 of the primary text, which begins on page 6 after the Exergue in the Chakravorty Spivak version. Note: Spivak's preface is 79 dense pages!
Here are some of my thoughts thus far:
On the second page of the primary text I find myself both tempted to dismiss Derrida's argument on the basis of his expansion of t ...more
French Postmodernism is not as difficult as it may appear. Derrida does a good job in defining his terms, and as long as we keep those definitions present, much of what he says is not only coherent, but qui ...more
Many have cursed this text (and I'm sure many others before and after) because Derrida evokes a prose that brings many to their wits end. Jacques Lacan with similar complaints about his texts not making ...more
This book was an utter waste of my time. That's not necessarily a reflection on Derrida. It may be that I am an idiot. Either way, I got nothing of value from it, so there's not much more that I can say about it.
My guess is it's Derrida, though. I would suggest you stay away from this book unless 1) you're required to re ...more
Still, I'd give it 3.5 stars if I could, just for shaking me up a little.
As for this book... If you are a Deconstructionist then it's pretty much your bible. Enjoy. It's not for me.