Self-Re-Interpretations : From Restricted to General Substitutability

Derrida Today 8 (2):156-174 (2015)

Hannu Poutiainen
University of Joensuu
This article elaborates on Christopher Norris's claim that certain aspects of Derrida's work are amenable to formalisation in modal-logical terms. Norris contends that any adequate analysis of the logic behind Derrida's work must provide an account of the notions of possibility, necessity, and necessary possibility, particularly as they are related to Derrida's notion of iterability. This article examines the further hypothesis that Derrida's understanding of modality, according to which possibilities must be accounted for even if they are never realised, might even better be described in terms of possible worlds. In possible-worlds semantics, the conceptual meaning of a statement is constituted by the set of alternative contexts in which that statement is true. This article argues, however, that possible-worlds semantics would be unthinkable without the experience that one referent can be substituted for another. The possibility of this experience is best described in Derridean terms. Read through Derrida's thought of the trace, the properly semantic substitutions may come to be seen as dependent on the substitution of the thing for itself; on what Derrida calls ‘the substitution of the unique for the unique’.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.3366/drt.2015.0108
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: 44,455
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

Of Grammatology.Jacques Derrida - 1998 - Johns Hopkins University Press.
The Gift of Death.Jacques Derrida - 2008 - University of Chicago Press.
Rogues: Two Essays on Reason.Jacques Derrida - 2005 - Stanford University Press.
Margins of Philosophy.Jacques Derrida - 1982 - University of Chicago Press.
Limited Inc.Jacques Derrida - 1988 - Northwestern University Press.

View all 21 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Adding to Relevant Restricted Quantification.Jc Beall - 2011 - Australasian Journal of Logic 10:36-44.
Interpretation: Types and Criteria.Göran Herméren - 1983 - Grazer Philosophische Studien 19 (1):131-161.
Epistemological Foundations for Koons' Cosmological Argument?Graham Oppy - 2010 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 2 (1):107 - 125.
A Unified Approach to Restricted Games.E. Algaba, J. M. Bilbao & J. J. López - 2001 - Theory and Decision 50 (4):333-345.
The Common Cause Principle.Frank Arntzenius - 1992 - PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1992:227 - 237.
Limits to Substitutability in Nature Conservation.Dieter Birnbacher - 2004 - In Markku Oksanen & Juhani Pietarinen (eds.), Philosophy and Biodiversity. Cambridge University Press. pp. 180.
Introduction.Agustin Rayo & Gabriel Uzquiano - 2006 - In Agustin Rayo & Gabriel Uzquiano (eds.), Absolute Generality. Oxford University Press.


Added to PP index

Total views
18 ( #482,289 of 2,272,236 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #828,909 of 2,272,236 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes

Sign in to use this feature