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Reason, Derrida, and Postmodern Deconstruction A Tract Book By Anthony J. Fejfar © Copyright 2006 by Anthony J. Fejfar

The Postmodern thought of philosopher Jacques Derrida is most often related to deconstruction.

The idea is that we find some word that some find politically objectionable,

and then we engage in a process of linguistic deconstruction which reduces the idea in question to the least common denominator. For example, let us suppose that Derrida wishes to deconstruct the word “reason.” is only used in a particular context.

Perhaps reason simply is a word which passes for the subjective preferences

of the author or thinker.

assigned to word to enforce political hegemony over those who are simpliste

enough to grant it some power over them. male prejudice.

Linguistic deconstruction is interesting.

First of all it should be noted that reason is a word that

What does it mean?

This is unclear.

Perhaps reason is simply a label which is

Perhaps reason is simply white

Throughout this whole deconstruction process it is evident that a

particular bias or prejudice is present.

philosophy of idealism. words or ideas.

then deconstructed.


realism suggests that reality is more complex than just words. Process also counts.

Developmental Psychologist Erik Erikson, suggested in his work, for example, that reason is based upon an integration of love and logic. I doubt it.

idealist of the worst sort would suggest that love is simply an idea or word.

Love has depth beyond words. Love is present

Now, it is

No, love is a feeling tone.

in the heart even when I am not thinking about the word “love.”

true that love exists independent of language and linguistic analysis, then perhaps too Being, exists as a metaphysical quiddity independent of

language and linguistic analysis.

Perhaps language is

Perhaps Being is an Existant which can

be labeled with a word, but is not reducible to a word.

full of ideas or concepts which represent “quiddities” which are not simply

reducible to a mere word.

has always asserted.

The particular bias involved is the

Idealism suggests that all of reality is based upon

Everything, including God, can be reduced to an idea, and

But what if reality is more complex than Idealism Critical

What if critical realism is the appropriate philosophy.

Is it possible to deconstruct love.

Only a rationalist

This is, of course what realism, as a philosophy

Reality, or at least a lot of reality exists independent of


tree, even if someone did not come along and give it the label of being a


use of the epoche one can “intuitively” know reality in an immediate way

while dispensing with language.

meaning? No. But this does not mean that all of reality is reducible to

linguistic meaning.

based upon the reality of Being, not simply linguistic cultural convention.

A grown, real, oak tree would still be a solid, grown, real, oak

In fact this is precisely what phenomenology asserts. Through the

Do we want to do away with language or

Additionally, perhaps it is the case that “Being” is

Referring once again to reason.

If reason is a cognitive capability

or a faculty of faculty psychology, then it simply cannot be linguistically

deconstructed and reduced to a culturally relativist or arbitrary linguistic

category. Logic, at least includes the causal syllogism,

therefore, B.”

myself to pick up a soft drink, and then drink it, this is an example of

rudimentary causality. some type of causality.

Physics still involves directional light of some sort.

“If A, then B, A ,

There is no reason to assume that causality is false. If I will

Quantum Physics still leaves room for free will, and Even the double slit experiment of Quantum