Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 45 (1):90 - 111 (1983)

Veronica Vasterling
Radboud University Nijmegen
'Deconstruction' as a way of philosophizing fits in with an important aspect of the tradition of modern philosophy, i.e. the reflection on philosophical thinking itself, on the rules and conditions of its thinking, yet it differs from this tradition in that it starts from the non-traditional conception of philosophy as being — primarily and factually — an activity of text-reading and - production. As such, the 'method' of deconstruction follows a double path : on the one hand, the analysis or the disentanglement of lines, structures and motives in a given text, a process which involves the command and the acknowledgement of the rules and inner coherence of philosophical thinking; but on the other hand, working on those aspects of a text, e.g. the syntax, the style etc., which exceed the semantic structure and the conceptual finality of philosophy, working in such a way that the bounds of philosophical command, the fissures opening up in its text, are made 'readable'
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