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Jacques Derrida (1930 – 2004) was an Algerian-born French philosopher associated with a semiotic analysis called deconstruction.

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What philosopher said that knowledge is about discerning differences?

I have heard that knowledge is discerning differences or to that effect. For example, if all things are the same such that there is no differentiating qualities, we can't really speak of anything ...
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What is the difference between Derrida's Deconstruction and Heidegger's Destruktion?

Derrida's deconstruction, as far as I understand it, is to critically examine values as embodied in binary situations like signifier and signified where there is an implicit hierarchy of value - one ...
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What does "il n'y a pas de hors-texte" mean in philosophy and literary criticism?

Does the phrase "il n'y a pas de hors-texte" amount to the same thing in literary criticism and philosophy? There's a lot of bad google hits on this phrase, and I haven't read On Grammatology [p158] ...
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How does Derrida explain the possibility of meaningful communication and linguistic coordination?

Consider this passage on Derrida and meaning (from here): The search for an 'essential reality' or 'origin' or 'truth' is futile, because "...language bears within itself the necessity of its ...
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Any good examples of a sign 's meaning being revised according to Derrida's différance?

Différance means that a sign is temporarily meaningful and its meaning may be revised when other signs are added in a signifying chain. Does anyone know any good examples of the deferral of a sign's ...
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Do durations really end?

Leading on from this question here. I am trying to construct an understanding of why Husserl and Derrida in Aporias might believe in immortality (though perhaps neither do.) Do any of the ...
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