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What does "il n'y a pas de hors-texte" mean in philosophy and literary criticism?

My understanding is that the key to understanding the phrase is surprisingly simple. According to Michael Wood in the London Review of Books: "It did not hold, as many of its detractors thought it ...
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What does "il n'y a pas de hors-texte" mean in philosophy and literary criticism?

Derrida once explained that this assertion [means] there is nothing outside context. source - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Derrida#Philosophy So inasmuch as literary criticism and ...
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So much ad hominem against French continental philosophers and no true critiques -- can someone lead me to the right direction?

I agree with Ben that calling work "obscurantism" is not ad hominem. Academic obscurantism seems to me at least a problem and possibly an important phenomenon which needs understanding. ...
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Regarding Derrida's "Aporias" and "waiting for the other"

In order to wait for the other at this meeting place, one must, on the contrary, arrive there late, not early. This is tied into the French pronominal verb, s'attendre (to expect) which Derrida is ...
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How does Derrida explain the possibility of meaningful communication and linguistic coordination?

The question is a powerful one. You might consider the possibility that Derrida never achieves what you suggest he should, and that he is in fact most of the time playing the sort of intra-...
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What do poststructuralists mean by "power legitimates itself"?

I'll keep this simple. The people who hold the reigns of power get to define "truth" for everyone else as they wish. Example: The nazis defined Jews, gypsies, clergymen, communists, etc. as ...
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How to delve into Structuralism?

As Mauro points out, you'd want to find the central works of thinkers like Ferdinand de Saussure, Roman Jakobson, Claude Levi-Strauss, and Roland Barthes. The best text around summarizing what they ...
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1967: Philosophy

1 A. Quinton, 'Political Philosophy' (Oxford Readings in Philosophy), was published in 1967 and showed how political philosophy, which in the years leadng up to its publication, had been much ...
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Foucault and Derrida on spiritual liberation

For Foucault, truth is historical and perspective. See C.G. Prado, Searle and Foucault on Truth, Cambridge University Press (2005), page 81 : Foucault seeks to unmask the historicity of truth, to ...
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Readings of the Other?

There's perhaps something of hint of a meta-joke lurking in this demand for the original author of "otherness". Very generally speaking, the idea of the other (sometimes called alterity) is: (a) ...
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So much ad hominem against French continental philosophers and no true critiques -- can someone lead me to the right direction?

You could try : Calvin O. Schrag, The Resources of Rationality: A Response to the Postmodern Challenge, ISBN 10: 0253350549 / ISBN 13: 9780253350541 Published by Indiana University Press, United ...
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Wittgenstein vs Derrida

▻ One book to try, not recent but well worth reading, is Henry Statten, Wittgenstein and Derrida, ISBN 10: 0803291698 / ISBN 13: 9780803291690 Published by University of Nebraska Press, 1986. Also : ...
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What do poststructuralists mean by "power legitimates itself"?

The mechanisms for validation, legislation and governance of truth-claims are various: linguistic, technological, psychological and political. Indeed the most general question of what might count for ...
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Did Freud really suggest translating the manifest into the latent to interpret it?

Freud does suggest to use the latent to understand the manifest, just as it sounds. It sounds counterintuitive because the "latent" and the "manifest" are not used in the usual sense, they are not the ...
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Any good examples of a sign 's meaning being revised according to Derrida's différance?

<<[Derrida's] focus is on the process by which language secretly embodies, replicates and enforces certain ways of thinking, certain beliefs and values - a process which on occasion he describes ...
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What do poststructuralists mean by "power legitimates itself"?

You have a quote that you haven't sourced either to a text or to an individual. And two questions whose bearing on each other is difficult to discern. This makes your question to answer because its ...
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How can one argue against absolute Relativism while being a Postmodernist?

Allow me to preface by noting that I dislike the term 'postmodernism', because it seems to be purely negational. I mean, I can't think of any philosophers off hand who call themselves 'postmodernist'; ...
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What are some good easily understood books explaining the Postmodernist thinkers (Baudrillard, Derrida, Foucualt, Deleuze)?

You could do worse than Jameson’s Postmodernism. I’d also suggest searching for texts focused on single-author overviews — “How to read…” might be a good query to look at to find book titles.
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Regarding Derrida's "Aporias" and "waiting for the other"

I tried to search the portion on the Internet; but couldn't. So the only statement with me is the quote you posted from that book. I think that is about a 'bizarre' meeting place. So, to guess the ...
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Foucault and Derrida on spiritual liberation

▻ FOUCAULT I think you have not quite got the right hold on the conception of truth that Foucault has in mind here. The key is in Foucault's talking of truth's being 'produced'. We'd normally say ...
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What does "il n'y a pas de hors-texte" mean in philosophy and literary criticism?

The answer that I prefer is the one offered by Derrida himself: that only the ‘context’ is stable and real, that is to say can be said to exist. By this one may may say the individual and his/her ‘...
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What is erroneous about attacking someone's trying to understand how to live life?

I do not think his defense can be made with pure logic. The leap from "I am trying to understand how to live my life" to "I owe these detractors no duty of explanation" and, more generally ...
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