Presentation on theme: "Deconstructing Deconstructionism"— Presentation transcript:
1 Deconstructing Deconstructionism Thoughts of Jacques Derrida
2 Answer: Someone making you an offer you can't understand, or refuse! Question: What do you get when you cross Jacques Derrida with a member of the Mafia?Answer: Someone making you an offer you can't understand, or refuse!Pimm 1991
4 Who is Jacques Derrida? French Philosopher of the 20th Century Born July 15, 1930, El Biar, AlgeriaDied October 8, 2004, Paris, France
5 What is Deconstruction? A word coined by DerridaRefers to critical examination of fundamentals of distinctions or oppositions in Western PhilosophyOppositions characteristically “binary”One member of the pair is primary or fundamentalOther member is secondary or derivative
7 According to Jacques….“Truth is supposed to be plain, totally transparent, common, and obvious to everyone – a clear-cut and unarguable claim to knowledge made with no possibility of opposition or exemption to the moral rule of law.”
8 Derrida addresses the idea of opposites and proposes that neither member of a pair is superior to the other, since each depends on the other for its validity.
9 Which is more authentic – speech or writing? Ideas in speech are “immediate” and “present”Ideas in writing are “remote” and “absent”
10 But, speech is language only when it shares characteristics of writing, such as the possibility of being misunderstood.This must be true since Derrida wrote about it.
11 What is Differance? Another Derridean word Means a “difference” Distinct, discernableMeans “act of deferring”Present while being omitted
12 But then again, since words depend on the meaning of other words for their meaning, the meaning of a word is never really present – it is deferred
13 What was that he said about truth? “Truth is supposed to be plain, totally transparent, common, and obvious to everyone..”
14 When I choose a word, it means just what I choose it to mean, neither more nor less…” Humpty Dumpty to Alice in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass
15 Now that you are thoroughly confused….. Your mission is to investigate the impact of Derrida on late Twentieth Century thought as well as the impact of the Twentieth Century on Derrida’s thought.
16 Is Derrida a product of his times or an architect of his times? Are his ideas valid or is he enjoying an inside joke?Can these ideas be applied to a high school classroom?
17 Design a webquest for high school freshmen in which they seek the path to truth, as defined by Jacques DerridaInclude biographical information and links to his works, and those of the philosophers who most influenced him