Friday, November 27, 2009

Différance -- differ and defer...

"Derrida indicates that différance gestures at a number of heterogeneous features which govern the production of textual meaning. The first (relating to deferral) is the notion that words and signs can never fully summon forth what they mean, but can only be defined through appeal to additional words, from which they differ. Thus, meaning is forever "deferred" or postponed through an endless chain of signifiers. The second (relating to difference, sometimes referred to as espacement or "spacing") concerns the force which differentiates elements from one another and, in so doing, engenders binary oppositions and hierarchies which underpin meaning itself." 

--from the Wikipedia article on différance

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


History--the airbrushing speech of the victor/vanquished.

--from the Wikipedia article on différance 

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

God--the Thief

"God is thus the proper name of that which deprives us of our own nature, of our own birth; consequently he will always have spoken before us, on the sly.  He is the difference which insinuates itself between myself and myself as my death."    Derrida   "La parole soufflée"