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The Post-Turn Turn: Derrida, Gadamer and the Remystification of Language

  • Leonard Orr

Abstract

Heidegger’s own valorisation of the audible, of the logos and language which is heard is completely consistent with the radical temporality of the Being who is in-the-world, grounded in time.1 For the Derrideans,

Writing has something of the character of an inscription, a mark offered to the world and promising, by its solidity and apparent autonomy, meaning which is momentarily deferred. Precisely for that reason it calls for interpretation, and our modes of interpretation are essentially ways of constructing communicative circuits into which we can fit.2

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