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Index Deconstruction

Deconstruction is a critique of the relationship between text and meaning originated by the philosopher Jacques Derrida. [1]

112 relations: Aesthetics, Alun Munslow, Analysis, Analytic philosophy, Aporia, Archi-writing, Aristotle, Barbara Johnson, Being and Time, Bernard Stiegler, Bertrand Russell, Binary opposition, Chip Morningstar, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Continental philosophy, Critique, Deconstructivism, Différance, Difference (philosophy), Discourse, Dogma, Duncan Kennedy (legal philosopher), Emmanuel Levinas, Empirical evidence, Episteme, Epistemology, Ernesto Laclau, Etymological fallacy, Etymology, Fashionable Nonsense, Ferdinand de Saussure, Friedrich Nietzsche, Geoffrey Hartman, Good and evil, Heideggerian terminology, Hermeneutics, Historiography, Idea, Immanuel Kant, Indeterminacy (philosophy), Intentionality, J. Hillis Miller, Jacques Derrida, Jacques Lacan, Jürgen Habermas, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Jean-Luc Nancy, John D. Caputo, John Searle, Johns Hopkins University, ..., Jonathan Culler, Judith Butler, Limited Inc, Limited liability company, Linguistics, List of thinkers influenced by deconstruction, Literary criticism, Louis Hjelmslev, Manfred Frank, Martin Heidegger, Metaphysics, Michel Foucault, New Literary History, Niall Lucy, Non-essentialism, Of Grammatology, Ontology, Other (philosophy), Paris-Sorbonne University, Paul de Man, Paul Ricœur, Performativity, Peter Kreeft, Pharmakon (philosophy), Philology, Philosophy, Platonic realism, Post-structuralism, Postmodernism, Psychoanalysis, Queer studies, Rationality, Richard Rorty, Right to Philosophy, Roland Barthes, Søren Kierkegaard, Semiotics, Sense, Sign (linguistics), Signified and signifier, Simon Critchley, Simon Glendinning, Simon Reynolds, Slavoj Žižek, Software engineer, Sokal affair, Sous rature, Speech and Phenomena, Structuralism, Structure, Sign, and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences, Synchrony and diachrony, Techne, Terry Eagleton, The Philosophical Discourse of Modernity, Toshihiko Izutsu, Type–token distinction, University of California, Irvine, Walter A. Davis, Willard Van Orman Quine, Willy Maley, Writing and Difference, Yale school. Expand index (62 more) »


Aesthetics (also spelled esthetics) is a branch of philosophy that explores the nature of art, beauty, and taste, with the creation and appreciation of beauty.

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Alun Munslow

Alun Munslow (born 1947) is a British historian known for his deconstructionist and postmodernist approach to historiography.

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Analysis is the process of breaking a complex topic or substance into smaller parts in order to gain a better understanding of it.

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Analytic philosophy

Analytic philosophy (sometimes analytical philosophy) is a style of philosophy that became dominant in the Western world at the beginning of the 20th century.

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Aporia (impasse, difficulty in passage, lack of resources, puzzlement) denotes in philosophy a philosophical puzzle or state of puzzlement and in rhetoric a rhetorically useful expression of doubt.

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"Archi-writing" (archi-écriture) is a term used by French philosopher Jacques Derrida in his attempt to re-orient the relationship between speech and writing.

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Aristotle (Ἀριστοτέλης Aristotélēs,; 384–322 BC) was an ancient Greek philosopher and scientist born in the city of Stagira, Chalkidiki, in the north of Classical Greece.

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Barbara Johnson

Barbara Johnson (October 4, 1947 – August 27, 2009) was an American literary critic and translator, born in Boston.

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Being and Time

Being and Time (Sein und Zeit) is a 1927 book by the German philosopher Martin Heidegger, in which the author seeks to analyse the concept of Being.

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Bernard Stiegler

Bernard Stiegler (born 1 April 1952) is a French philosopher.

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Bertrand Russell

Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell, (18 May 1872 – 2 February 1970) was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, social critic, political activist, and Nobel laureate.

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Binary opposition

A nebular opposition (also binary system) is a pair of related terms or concepts that are opposite in meaning.

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Chip Morningstar

Chip Morningstar is an author, developer, programmer and designer of software systems, mainly for online entertainment and communication.

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Claude Lévi-Strauss

Claude Lévi-Strauss (28 November 1908, Brussels – 30 October 2009, Paris) was a French anthropologist and ethnologist whose work was key in the development of the theory of structuralism and structural anthropology.

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Continental philosophy

Continental philosophy is a set of 19th- and 20th-century philosophical traditions from mainland Europe.

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Critique is a method of disciplined, systematic study of a written or oral discourse.

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Deconstructivism is a movement of postmodern architecture which appeared in the 1980s, which gives the impression of the fragmentation of the constructed building.

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Différance is a French term coined by Jacques Derrida.

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Difference (philosophy)

Difference is a key concept of philosophy, denoting the process or set of properties by which one entity is distinguished from another within a relational field or a given conceptual system.

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Discourse (from Latin discursus, "running to and from") denotes written and spoken communications.

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The term dogma is used in pejorative and non-pejorative senses.

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Duncan Kennedy (legal philosopher)

Duncan Kennedy (born 1942) is the Carter Professor of General Jurisprudence (Emeritus) at Harvard Law School.

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Emmanuel Levinas

Emmanuel Levinas (12 January 1906 – 25 December 1995) was a French philosopher of Lithuanian Jewish ancestry who is known for his work related to Jewish philosophy, existentialism, ethics, phenomenology and ontology.

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Empirical evidence

Empirical evidence, also known as sensory experience, is the information received by means of the senses, particularly by observation and documentation of patterns and behavior through experimentation.

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"Episteme" is a philosophical term derived from the Ancient Greek word ἐπιστήμη epistēmē, which can refer to knowledge, science or understanding, and which comes from the verb ἐπίστασθαι, meaning "to know, to understand, or to be acquainted with".

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Epistemology is the branch of philosophy concerned with the theory of knowledge.

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Ernesto Laclau

Ernesto Laclau (6 October 1935 – 13 April 2014) was an Argentine political theorist.

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Etymological fallacy

The etymological fallacy is a genetic fallacy that holds that the present-day meaning of a word or phrase should necessarily be similar to its historical meaning.

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EtymologyThe New Oxford Dictionary of English (1998) – p. 633 "Etymology /ˌɛtɪˈmɒlədʒi/ the study of the class in words and the way their meanings have changed throughout time".

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Fashionable Nonsense

Fashionable Nonsense: Postmodern Intellectuals' Abuse of Science (Impostures Intellectuelles), published in the UK as Intellectual Impostures, is a book by physicists Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont.

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Ferdinand de Saussure

Ferdinand de Saussure (26 November 1857 – 22 February 1913) was a Swiss linguist and semiotician.

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Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (15 October 1844 – 25 August 1900) was a German philosopher, cultural critic, composer, poet, philologist and a Latin and Greek scholar whose work has exerted a profound influence on Western philosophy and modern intellectual history.

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Geoffrey Hartman

Geoffrey H. Hartman (August 11, 1929 – March 14, 2016) was a German-born American literary theorist, sometimes identified with the Yale School of deconstruction, although he cannot be categorised by a single school or method.

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Good and evil

In religion, ethics, philosophy, and psychology "good and evil" is a very common dichotomy.

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Heideggerian terminology

Martin Heidegger, the 20th-century German philosopher, produced a large body of work that intended a profound change of direction for philosophy.

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Hermeneutics is the theory and methodology of interpretation, especially the interpretation of biblical texts, wisdom literature, and philosophical texts.

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Historiography is the study of the methods of historians in developing history as an academic discipline, and by extension is any body of historical work on a particular subject.

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In philosophy, ideas are usually taken as mental representational images of some object.

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Immanuel Kant

Immanuel Kant (22 April 1724 – 12 February 1804) was a German philosopher who is a central figure in modern philosophy.

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Indeterminacy (philosophy)

Indeterminacy, in philosophy, can refer both to common scientific and mathematical concepts of uncertainty and their implications and to another kind of indeterminacy deriving from the nature of definition or meaning.

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Intentionality is a philosophical concept and is defined by the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy as "the power of minds to be about, to represent, or to stand for, things, properties and states of affairs".

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J. Hillis Miller

Joseph Hillis Miller Jr. (born March 5, 1928) is an American literary critic who has been heavily influenced by—and who has heavily influenced—deconstruction.

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Jacques Derrida

Jacques Derrida (born Jackie Élie Derrida;. See also. July 15, 1930 – October 9, 2004) was a French Algerian-born philosopher best known for developing a form of semiotic analysis known as deconstruction, which he discussed in numerous texts, and developed in the context of phenomenology.

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Jacques Lacan

Jacques Marie Émile Lacan (13 April 1901 – 9 September 1981) was a French psychoanalyst and psychiatrist who has been called "the most controversial psycho-analyst since Freud".

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Jürgen Habermas

Jürgen Habermas (born 18 June 1929) is a German sociologist and philosopher in the tradition of critical theory and pragmatism.

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Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (28 June 1712 – 2 July 1778) was a Genevan philosopher, writer and composer.

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Jean-Luc Nancy

Jean-Luc Nancy (born 26 July 1940) is a French philosopher.

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John D. Caputo

John D. Caputo (born October 26, 1940) is an American philosopher who is the Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion Emeritus at Syracuse University and the David R. Cook Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Villanova University.

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John Searle

John Rogers Searle (born 31 July 1932) is an American philosopher.

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Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University is an American private research university in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Jonathan Culler

Jonathan Culler (born 1944) is a Professor of English at Cornell University; his published works are in the fields of structuralism, literary theory and criticism.

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Judith Butler

Judith Butler FBA (born February 24, 1956) is an American philosopher and gender theorist whose work has influenced political philosophy, ethics and the fields of third-wave feminist, queer and literary theory.

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Limited Inc

Limited Inc is a 1988 book by Jacques Derrida, containing two essays and an interview.

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Limited liability company

A limited liability company (LLC) is the United States of America-specific form of a private limited company.

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Linguistics is the scientific study of language, and involves an analysis of language form, language meaning, and language in context.

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List of thinkers influenced by deconstruction

This is a list of thinkers who have been influenced by deconstruction.

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Literary criticism

Literary criticism (or literary studies) is the study, evaluation, and interpretation of literature.

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Louis Hjelmslev

Louis Trolle Hjelmslev (3 October 1899, Copenhagen – 30 May 1965, Copenhagen) was a Danish linguist whose ideas formed the basis of the Copenhagen School of linguistics.

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Manfred Frank

Manfred Frank (born March 22, 1945) is a German philosopher, emeritus professor of philosophy at the University of Tübingen.

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Martin Heidegger

Martin Heidegger (26 September 188926 May 1976) was a German philosopher and a seminal thinker in the Continental tradition and philosophical hermeneutics, and is "widely acknowledged to be one of the most original and important philosophers of the 20th century." Heidegger is best known for his contributions to phenomenology and existentialism, though as the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy cautions, "his thinking should be identified as part of such philosophical movements only with extreme care and qualification".

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Metaphysics is a branch of philosophy that explores the nature of being, existence, and reality.

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Michel Foucault

Paul-Michel Foucault (15 October 1926 – 25 June 1984), generally known as Michel Foucault, was a French philosopher, historian of ideas, social theorist, and literary critic.

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New Literary History

New Literary History: A Journal of Theory & Interpretation is a quarterly academic journal published by Johns Hopkins University Press.

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Niall Lucy

Niall Lucy (11 November 1956 - 5 June 2014) was an Australian writer and scholar best known for his work in deconstruction.

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Often synonymous to anti-foundationalism, non-essentialism in philosophy is the non-belief in an essence (from Latin esse) of any given thing, idea, or metaphysical entity (e.g. God).

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Of Grammatology

Of Grammatology (De la grammatologie) is a 1967 book by French philosopher Jacques Derrida that has been called a foundational text for deconstructive criticism.

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Ontology (introduced in 1606) is the philosophical study of the nature of being, becoming, existence, or reality, as well as the basic categories of being and their relations.

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Other (philosophy)

In phenomenology, the terms the Other and the Constitutive Other identify the other human being, in their differences from the Self, as being a cumulative, constituting factor in the self-image of a person; as their acknowledgement of being real; hence, the Other is dissimilar to and the opposite of the Self, of Us, and of the Same.

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Paris-Sorbonne University

Paris-Sorbonne University (also known as Paris IV; Université Paris-Sorbonne, Paris IV), was a public research university in Paris, France, from 1971 to 2017.

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Paul de Man

Paul de Man (December 6, 1919 – December 21, 1983), born Paul Adolph Michel Deman, was a Belgian-born literary critic and literary theorist.

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Paul Ricœur

Jean Paul Gustave Ricœur (27 February 1913 – 20 May 2005) was a French philosopher best known for combining phenomenological description with hermeneutics.

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Performativity is language which effects change in the world and functions as a form of social action.

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Peter Kreeft

Peter John Kreeft ((b. 16 March 1937) is a professor of philosophy at Boston College and The King's College. He is the author of numerous books as well as a popular writer of Christian philosophy, theology and apologetics. He also formulated, together with Ronald K. Tacelli, SJ, "Twenty Arguments for the Existence of God.".

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Pharmakon (philosophy)

Pharmakon, in philosophy and critical theory, is a composite of three meanings: remedy, poison, and scapegoat.

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Philology is the study of language in oral and written historical sources; it is a combination of literary criticism, history, and linguistics.

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Philosophy (from Greek φιλοσοφία, philosophia, literally "love of wisdom") is the study of general and fundamental problems concerning matters such as existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language.

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Platonic realism

Platonic realism is a philosophical term usually used to refer to the idea of realism regarding the existence of universals or abstract objects after the Greek philosopher Plato (c. 427–c. 347 BC), a student of Socrates.

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Post-structuralism is associated with the works of a series of mid-20th-century French, continental philosophers and critical theorists who came to be known internationally in the 1960s and 1970s.

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Postmodernism is a broad movement that developed in the mid- to late-20th century across philosophy, the arts, architecture, and criticism and that marked a departure from modernism.

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Psychoanalysis is a set of theories and therapeutic techniques related to the study of the unconscious mind, which together form a method of treatment for mental-health disorders.

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Queer studies

Queer studies, sexual diversity studies, or LGBT studies is the study of issues relating to sexual orientation and gender identity usually focusing on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and intersex people and cultures.

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Rationality is the quality or state of being rational – that is, being based on or agreeable to reason.

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Richard Rorty

Richard McKay Rorty (October 4, 1931 – June 8, 2007) was an American philosopher.

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Right to Philosophy

On the Right to Philosophy (Du droit à la philosophie) is a 1990 book by French philosopher Jacques Derrida.

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Roland Barthes

Roland Gérard Barthes (12 November 1915 – 26 March 1980) was a French literary theorist, philosopher, linguist, critic, and semiotician.

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Søren Kierkegaard

Søren Aabye Kierkegaard (5 May 1813 – 11 November 1855) was a Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, social critic and religious author who is widely considered to be the first existentialist philosopher.

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Semiotics (also called semiotic studies) is the study of meaning-making, the study of sign process (semiosis) and meaningful communication.

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A sense is a physiological capacity of organisms that provides data for perception.

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Sign (linguistics)

A linguistic sign is a part of language used to indicate a being.

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Signified and signifier

The terms signified and signifier are most commonly related to semiotics, which is defined by Oxford Dictionaries Online as "the study of signs and symbols and their use or interpretation".

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Simon Critchley

Simon Critchley (born 27 February 1960) is an English philosopher and Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York City.

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Simon Glendinning

Simon Glendinning (born 1964) is an English philosopher, and is currently Professor of European Philosophy in the European Institute at the London School of Economics.

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Simon Reynolds

Simon Reynolds (born 19 June 1963) is an English music journalist, critic, and author.

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Slavoj Žižek

Slavoj Žižek (born 21 March 1949) is a Slovenian continental philosopher.

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Software engineer

A software engineer is a person who applies the principles of software engineering to the design, development, maintenance, testing, and evaluation of computer software.

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Sokal affair

The Sokal affair, also called the Sokal hoax,Derrida (1997) was a scholarly publishing sting perpetrated by Alan Sokal, a physics professor at New York University and University College London.

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Sous rature

Sous rature is a strategic philosophical device originally developed by Martin Heidegger.

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Speech and Phenomena

Speech and Phenomena: And Other Essays on Husserl's Theory of Signs, or Voice and Phenomenon: Introduction to the Problem of the Sign in Husserl's Phenomenology,http://www.nupress.northwestern.edu/content/voice-and-phenomenon (La Voix et le Phénomène) is a book about the phenomenology of Edmund Husserl by French philosopher Jacques Derrida, published in 1967 alongside Derrida's Of Grammatology and Writing and Difference.

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In sociology, anthropology, and linguistics, structuralism is the methodology that implies elements of human culture must be understood by way of their relationship to a larger, overarching system or structure.

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Structure, Sign, and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences

Structure, Sign, and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences (La structure, le signe et le jeu dans le discours des sciences humaines) was a lecture presented at Johns Hopkins University on 21 October 1966 by philosopher Jacques Derrida.

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Synchrony and diachrony

Synchrony and diachrony are two different and complementary viewpoints in linguistic analysis.

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"Techne" is a term, etymologically derived from the Greek word τέχνη, that is often translated as "craftsmanship", "craft", or "art".

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Terry Eagleton

Terence Francis "Terry" Eagleton FBA (born 22 February 1943) is a British literary theorist, critic and public intellectual.

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The Philosophical Discourse of Modernity

The Philosophical Discourse of Modernity: Twelve Lectures (Der Philosophische Diskurs der Moderne: Zwölf Vorlesungen) is a 1985 book by Jürgen Habermas, in which the author reconstructs and deals in depth with a number of philosophical approaches to the critique of modern reason and the Enlightenment "project" since Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and Friedrich Nietzsche, including the work of 20th century philosophers Max Horkheimer, Theodor Adorno, Martin Heidegger, Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, Cornelius Castoriadis and Niklas Luhmann.

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Toshihiko Izutsu

was Professor Emeritus at Keio University in Japan and author of many books on Islam and other religions.

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Type–token distinction

The type–token distinction is used in disciplines such as logic, linguistics, metalogic, typography, and computer programming to clarify what words mean.

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University of California, Irvine

The University of California, Irvine (UCI, UC Irvine, or Irvine), is a public research university located in Irvine, Orange County, California, United States, and one of the 10 campuses in the University of California (UC) system.

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Walter A. Davis

Walter A. "Mac" Davis (born November 9, 1942) is an American philosopher, critic, and playwright.

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Willard Van Orman Quine

Willard Van Orman Quine (known to intimates as "Van"; June 25, 1908 – December 25, 2000) was an American philosopher and logician in the analytic tradition, recognized as "one of the most influential philosophers of the twentieth century." From 1930 until his death 70 years later, Quine was continually affiliated with Harvard University in one way or another, first as a student, then as a professor of philosophy and a teacher of logic and set theory, and finally as a professor emeritus who published or revised several books in retirement.

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Willy Maley

William Timothy "Willy" Maley (born 2 December 1960, in Glasgow, Scotland) is a Scottish literary critic, editor, teacher and writer.

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Writing and Difference

Writing and Difference (L'écriture et la différence) is a book by French philosopher Jacques Derrida, collecting some of the early lectures and essays that established his international fame.

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Yale school

The Yale school is a colloquial name for an influential group of literary critics, theorists, and philosophers of literature that were influenced by Jacques Derrida's philosophy of deconstruction.

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