Free-play? Fair-play! Defending Derrida

Nicole Anderson*

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to defend Derrida against negative interpretations of nihilism and ethical irresponsibility by arguing that Derrida's notion of différance, and deconstruction in general, is profoundly responsible. It is responsible because Derrida's différance is a condition of ethical possibility and impossibility, which enables individuals to take responsibility for decisionmaking away from the dichotomous either/or choices characteristic of normative ethics, thereby opening a political and ethical space for difference.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)407-420
Number of pages14
JournalSocial Semiotics
Volume16
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2006

Keywords

  • Culture
  • Ethics
  • Jacques Derrida
  • Language
  • Politics
  • Textual free-play

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