Derrida’s Paralogism of Writing: A Critique of Deconstructive Reasoning

The European Legacy 20 (7):699-714 (2015)

Authors
Peter Bornedal
American University of Beirut
Abstract
This article is a critique of the flawed logic Derrida employed in articulating his program of a Grammatology for “deconstructing” Western philosophy. I argue that Derrida in several instances built his arguments around what Kant called the “paralogism.” I look at an often cited case in order to substantiate my claim: Derrida’s reading of Saussure, where his argument is based on a paralogism. Derrida misinterprets Saussure by seeing his alleged rejection of graphical writing as a rejection of his own idiosyncratic notion of “writing”, which only corresponds to Saussure’s own notion of “linguistic value,” produced in a system of differences without positive terms
Keywords Derrida  Deconstruction  Kant  Paralogism  Saussure  Linguistics
Categories (categorize this paper)
ISBN(s)
DOI 10.1080/10848770.2015.1067957
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 44,365
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Keeping the Old Name: Derrida and the Deconstructive Foundations of Democracy.M. D. Dinan - 2014 - European Journal of Political Theory 13 (1):61-77.
Does Hegel Privilege Speech Over Writing? A Critique of Jacques Derrida.Tanja Stähler - 2003 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 11 (2):191-204.
Decision, Hegemony and Law: Derrida and Laclau.E. E. Berns - 1996 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 22 (4):71-80.
Derrida's Empirical Realism.Tim Mooney - 1999 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 25 (5):33-56.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2015-09-03

Total views
27 ( #323,892 of 2,271,751 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
2 ( #564,635 of 2,271,751 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes

Sign in to use this feature