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p. 434. The turn to writinglocked

  • Simon Glendinning

Abstract

According to ‘The turn to writing’, Derrida sees the turn to language not as a methodological must for a satisfactory and rigorous philosophy, but rather a historical necessity within the epoch we still inhabit. Derrida regards this historical movement in which the linguistic sign is foregrounded as itself a kind of sign: language comes to the centre because everything that seemed solidly to render its status as essentially unproblematic, everything that had assured us that it (language) is the system of external or sensible signification of an order of pure intelligibility, an order traditionally grasped in terms of the divine logos (the ‘infinite signified’) has begun to melt into air.

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