In a New Direction with Jean-Francois Lyotard and Postmodernism

The field, the problem, and the method in Jean-Francois Lyotard’s The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge are the first three sections where he begins to explain the paradigm shift associated with science, technology, and the knowledge bases from which they extend. Regarding the field: ‘It is widely accepted that knowledge has become the principle … More In a New Direction with Jean-Francois Lyotard and Postmodernism

Ending Derrida’s Of Grammatology

Independence of representation and the proper perspective of representation. The following quotes are taken from the last chapter in Of Grammatology. The discussion is about representation. Representation has an independence from the object that is being represented. The object being represented cannot be represented without the representation. However, representation can stand alone from an object. … More Ending Derrida’s Of Grammatology

Gender-Neutral Pronouns and the Origin of Script

Sexuality is not a form of linguistic function. Language supplements speech; what cannot be spoken, cannot be written. If a person is transgender, then that person is going from one gender to the other, hence the prefix ‘trans.’ A transatlantic flight is not in New York and Paris, it is going from one to the … More Gender-Neutral Pronouns and the Origin of Script

Imitation, Articulation, and Accent: Some More of Derrida’s Interpretations of Rousseau

Based on his reading of Rousseau, Derrida contends that music is not a structural body. In a previous post, I indicated that I think music is a structural body. I understand why Derrida comes to his conclusion, though. Rousseau writes that melody has been replaced with harmony, with the insinuation that originally, music was part … More Imitation, Articulation, and Accent: Some More of Derrida’s Interpretations of Rousseau