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Jacques Derrida - Deconstruction And The 'Eccentric Circle'

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Uploaded on Jan 27, 2007

In this clip, Derrida first argues that we should not assume that 'history, institutions or society' are in any sense 'natural' - that they are constructs in which deconstruction operates ... then, an important quote is read from Derrida's 1986 work, 'Memoires for Paul De Man' (a piece about the late Yale literary critic De Man, memory and friendship) which states that deconstruction is not ancillary to a work being critiqued; rather deconstruction is at play within the work, in an 'eccentric circle' surrounding the usual 'center' ... deconstruction does not supervene after the 'completion' of a work - it is present within that work, at times more obviously (e.g., Plato's 'Sophist') than at other times (e.g., the last section of Plato's 'Phaedrus') ...

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