CT on Derrida for Daniel

From: James Rovira <jrovira@drew.edu>
Date: Mon Jan 06 2003 - 12:57:52 EST

Here's the article I mentioned before, Daniel. The guy does a pretty
good job describing Derrida's thought to the limited extent that he does it:


It's interesting that the article you posted earlier, about C.S. Lewis,
points out how he anticipated many of the more "radical" ideas that came
after him. I've always understood him to be a reader-response kind of
person, one that grounds the meaning of literary texts within an
interpretive community (so not just the author). The important point to
gain from all of this is the recognition that these seemingly repulsive
theories are the natural end products of the western rhetorical
tradition. You can't get anyone more squarely, conservatively in the
middle of it than Lewis, yet look what he believed...

If you read the link I posted above carefully, I think you'll see
Richard Rorty is the real bad boy (in the sense of the death of meaning)
of academia, not Derrida. I tend to agree. I can't stand his reading
of Heidegger.


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