By Sarah Wood

Writing and Difference is one in all Jacques Derrida's most generally learn and studied books. In a suite of essays that have interaction with literature, background, poetry, dramaturgy, psychoanalysis, ethnology and structuralism, Derrida demonstrates how philosophy and literature will be learn, and revolutionizes our knowing of writing, distinction and existence itself. This creation is the suitable better half to an extraordinary and influential workforce of texts.

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There are forms without one single form. Derrida identifies as metaphysical the ‘aesthetic that neutralises duration and force’ and the conviction that ‘truth is absolute simultaneity’ (27, 28). Moving Off The first sentence of ‘Force and Signification’ evokes structuralism as an act of war, part of history but not yet past: ‘If it recedes one day, leaving behind its works and signs on the shores of our civilisation, the structuralist invasion might become a question for the historian of ideas, or perhaps even an object’ (1/9).

He has form too. And the exaltation of writing as a new kind of master concept would not be true to its affinity with roots, earth and the lowly. 45 DERRIDA’S WRITING AND DIFFERENCE Writing is down among the letters. It is ‘better still when letters are no longer figures of fire in the heavens’ (35). In accordance with the earlier account of writing as written in the earth, to write one must ‘descend, work, bend down in order to engrave and carry the new Tables down to the valleys, to read them and have them read’.

Study Question What kind of writing would be most forceful? Would it be a private letter, a speech by Shakespeare, a philosophical argument, a newspaper editorial, a set of instructions? How do you measure writing-force or writing as the difference between forces? ‘COGITO AND THE HISTORY OF MADNESS’ The essay’s epigraphs from Kierkegaard and Joyce suggest that the maddest thing about madness may be how close it is to reason. Madness haunts reasonable enterprises like making a decision or writing a book.

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