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p. 303. Reading the logocentric heritagelocked

  • Simon Glendinning


‘Reading the logocentric heritage’ reflects on Derrida's groundbreaking work Of Grammatology. He is not trying to deny (or affirm) the correctness of our naive, normal way of expressing ourselves, but to help us to find remarkable what he thinks we tend, in philosophy, to find insufficiently so. He develops a ‘theoretical matrix’ to assist in this task; to open the space for a new way of reading the philosophical heritage, its dominant structures and patterns of thinking, revealing its systematic dependence on concepts like ‘immediacy’, ‘proximity’, and ‘presence’. Derrida seeks to articulate the movements within the philosophical heritage which take it on to another heading; to give it a future.

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