by Peggy Kamuf (Columbia, 1991);, ed.

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The most extreme variety of determinism in this context is.

State, 1997);Herman Rapaport,  (Routledge, 2003);Christopher Johnson,  (Routledge, 1999); and, ed.

For a discussion of his life and works, see .

Although he frequently employed dialectical methods in his own writing, maintained that it is inferior to the careful logical reasoning that aims at{Gk.

In ancient Greece, the term was used literally.

Jacques Derrida's theory of the sign fits into the poststructuralist movement, which runs counter to Saussurean structuralism (the legacy of linguist Ferdinand de Saussure). Maintaining that the signifier (the form of a sign) refers directly to the signified (the content of a sign), structuralist theory has passed down a whole current of logocentric (speech-centred) thought that originated in the time of Plato. With writing as his basis (the written sign), Derrida has taken on the task of disrupting the entire stream of metaphysical thought predicated on oppositions. He has elaborated a theory of deconstruction (of discourse, and therefore of the world) that challenges the idea of a frozen structure and advances the notion that there is no structure or centre, no univocal meaning. The notion of a direct relationship between signifier and signified is no longer tenable, and instead we have infinite shifts in meaning relayed from one signifier to another.

Descartes's efforts to achieve certainty in the face of mark the origins of modern.

, on the other hand, focussed primarily upon in a properly-run city.

What Derrida rejects is binary structure, and this goes beyond the simple opposition signifier/signified. This structure in fact underpins the history of philosophy, which conceives the world in terms of a system of oppositions proliferating without end: logos/pathos, soul/body, self/other, good/evil, culture/nature, man/woman, understanding/perception, inside/outside, memory/oblivion, speech/writing, day/night, etc.)

Makkreel (Princeton, 1996); Rudolf A.

In order to do justice to Derrida's theory, which applies to both philosophy and semiotics, we need to accurately define the concepts that shape it. Each section will include several concepts, given that many of them are tightly interwoven making it impossible to define one concept without considering the others.

Edel and Abraham Edel,  (Transaction, 2000);Hunter Lewis,  (Axios, 2000); and, ed.

State, 1988); Hans-Georg Gadamer, , tr.

From the work of and , Derrida derives the view thatmeaning emerges only provisionally, from an endless process of re-interpretation based on the interaction between reader and text.

When applied to human behavior, determinism is sometimes supposed to be with the required for.

by Fred Moseley and Martha Campbell (Prometheus, 1997).

1. Différance is the difference that shatters the cult of identity and the dominance of Self over Other; it means that there is no origin (originary unit). Différer [to differ] is to not be identical.

Christopher Smith (Yale, 1982); andRichard Norman and Sean Sayers,  (Humanities, 1980).

By Lucie Guillemette and Josiane Cossette

Derrida thus rejects all of metaphysical history with its hierarchies and dichotomies that have survived to this day, the foundation upon which all of logic (logos, which means language) was laid. Derrida has rejected structuralism, and as a result, the Saussurean schema (the signifier/signified relationship) has been rethought.