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Deconstruction and “Ways of Talking”

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Derrida denied deconstruction was of any importance As I’ve mentioned previously, the last time I saw Jacques Derrida, who is credited with coining the term “deconstruction,” being i nterviewed he was quite adamant that “deconstruction” was not a concept of any importance, not even a theory, not even a word that he used anymore. ( See "Critical Thinking Skills" and "Family V alues" )   Nonetheless, the word has taken on a life of its own and, while it may have gone out of fashion, it is still with us and showing no signs of disappearing from the language .  (See footnotes.) Postmodernist deconstructionist smuggery If you have ever tried to confront a postmodernist deconstructionist by pointing out that his work was contradictory, illogical, duplicitous, nonsensical and hypocritical, you would likely find him responding with glee, “Exactly!”—as if he were personally responsible for your recent intellectual epiphany.  Given the deconstructionist stance that l

The Sour Glossary

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actually  (adverb) as an actual or existing fact; really. (Random House Unabridged Dictionary) [False cognate warning : Francophones will sometimes mistakenly use “actually” (or actual)  when they mean currently,  presently, at the moment and up to date.] allegory  [. . .]  symbolic fictional narrative that conveys a second meaning (or meanings) beyond the explicit,  literal  details  of the story (my definition, adapted from Merriam Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature). A simple allegory would be  something like a story about Mary Whiteteeth and Johnny Toothbrush and their enemy named Sugar. The story, in this case,  is not about these three characters but about the importance of brushing your teeth. "[. . .] the term allegory can refer to specific method of reading a text." allusion  (noun) IIn literature, an implied or indirect reference to a person, event, thing or a part of another text. [. . . ] Allusions to biblica