a. Born July 15, 1930 in El-Biar, Algiers to Jewish Parents in a time of heightened Anti-Semitism
b. Expelled from Lycee de Ben Aknoun on his first day of school as enrollment of Jews could not exceed 7 percent. Quit Lycee Emile-Maupas due to intolerance of Jews.
c. He dreamt of becoming a professional football player
d. His parents never read any of his books
e. Failed his first entrance exam into Ecole Normale Superieure but eventually earned his Philosophy degree in 1956
f. He is arrested for transporting drugs in Prague, Czech Rep. but it is later discovered that the drugs were planted on him by the ...view middle of the document...
Heidegger’s concept of Destruktion gave birth to Derrida’s Deconstruction
f. Saussure’s work in structuralism was demystified by Derrida in a now famous speaking seminar at Johns Hopkins in 1966 which almost immediately brought about Post Structuralism
a. Post Structuralism emphasized textuality, where Structuralism regarded speech as central (logocentrism) and text and writing as unnatural. As seen in works by Rousseau, Saussure, Levi-Strauss, etc.
b. Saussure’s semiotics claims that language is based in a system of signs with central foundations that are stable. A Signifier and Signified were likened to sound and meaning and “in language, the relation between the two is arbirtrary” (1692)
c. Derrida introduces the notion that there is no stable center. No definite idea or fixed concept in any word or phrase.
d. In Of Grammatology Derrida reveals how logocentrism searches for an “ultimate meaning” in the Transcendental Signified through a Metaphysics of Presence or “Western Metaphysics”. (1692)
a. Writing is equal to Speech and should not be marginalized. They are both important. And they are both marginal. At the same time.
b. “Derrida attempts to understand the double binds and tensions that are articulated in the text” (1683)
c. By finding the center idea, we come across inherent binary oppositions “which are only held in place by a failure to pursue their logic wherever it may lead” (Norris,134)
d. We should attempt to see a free play in these oppositions and understand that they...