Pub. date: 2007 | Online Pub. Date: September 25, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412952637 | Print ISBN: 9780761923879 | Online ISBN: 9781412952637| Publisher:Sage Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Derrida, Jacques (1930–2004)
Jacques Derrida was one of the leading philosophical figures of the twentieth century. He is most famous for having pioneered a type of reading known as “deconstruction”—a kind of reading that entails a very close—some might say, excessively close—examination of texts. The practice of Deconstruction uncovers conflicting meanings that preclude the achievement of a single univocal meaning. The meaning of a text for Derrida is never present as a stable object. In addition, there can never be a successful appeal to a “transcendental signifier” or a hors texte , such as the author's intent, that would allow a reader to settle ...