MEANING. TRUTH, AND PHENOMENOLOGY

Mark Bevir

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This essay approaches Derrida through a consideration of his writings on Saussure and Husserl. Derrida is right to insist, following Saussure, on a relational theory of meaning: words do not have a one to one correspondence with their referents. But he is wrong to insist on a purely differential theory of meaning: words can refer to reality within the context of a body of knowledge. Similarly, Derrida is right to reject Husserl's idea of presence: no truths are simply given to consciousness. But he is wrong to reject the very idea of objective knowledge: we can defend a notion of objective knowledge couched in terms of a comparison of rival bodies of theories. The essay concludes by considering the implications of the preceding arguments for the enterprise of phenomenology.


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Derrida. Saussure. Meaning. Phenomenology.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15448/1984-6746.2003.2.34795

ISSN-L: 0042-3955

e-ISSN: 1984-6746


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